Posted on: 12 May 2015

Car maintenance tips for travelling

We've outlined some useful things to think about when you're going to be driving overseas. Remember... before you set off, complete all the checks outlined in our car maintenance section and bring forward a service if necessary.

Pre-departure checks


  • Temperatures in Northern Europe can drop well below zero. Pay attention to anti-freeze concentration and tyre condition. Some countries also have laws requiring the fitting of snow chains.


  • You’re legally required to adjust your headlamp alignment in Europe, so as not to dazzle drivers. Most garages sell stick-on modifiers.


  • Insurance Get the reassurance and peace of mind of Foreign travel insurance when you set off to explore Europe.

More tips to help you enjoy trouble-free motoring in Europe

  1. Sevice your vehicle, plus any trailer you may be towing
  2. Familiarise yourself with local driving laws, print off a summary of speed limits and other basics for each country – the drive alive website is useful
  3. Check the local requirements for safety equipment in your car. Most countries require you to carry a warning triangle, a reflective jacket, first aid kit and spare bulbs
  4. Put a GB sticker on the back of your car and have all useful paperwork including your driving licence and insurance documentation to hand
  5. Check your tyre pressure and oil and coolant levels every couple of days
  6. Ensure your sat nav is loaded with up-to-date maps for countries you will be visiting
  7. Buy an atlas for the area you're visiting
  8. Take a spare set of car keys with you, but keep them separate from your other car keys at all times
  9. Ensure luggage and cargo are packed sensibly - a small amount of thought can save you a lot of roadside rummaging or unloading and reloading

Fantastic speedy service. Covered all the information and will recommend to others in future. - Feefo, 13th May 2015

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