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Essential advice before driving across Europe


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Thinking about going on a road trip across Europe? Well you’re not alone. Each year thousands of Brits drive across Europe to take in the breath taking scenery that Europe has to offer. Whether you plan on navigating the Arctic Fjords from Bergen to Trondheim, exploring the Eastern European states or want to navigate the ancient wonders and beautiful beaches of Greece, here are some tips for driving abroad in Europe:

-Always remember to carry your European Health Insurance Card. The European Health Insurance card came in as a replacement for the old E111 renew form and provides you and your family access to state provided health care in over thirty different European countries at a reduced cost and in some cases free of charge. The European Health Insurance Card can be used for medical treatment should you be involved in a car accident while driving across Europe.

-Always carry relevant documents such as your driving licence, car insurance certificate and V5 vehicle registration document. It is also advisable to have on hand other documents which, although not necessarily related to driving, are still essential when travelling abroad such as your passport and European Health Insurance Card. Remember if you do not carry your European Health Insurance Card, or its expiry date has passed, you run the risk of losing out on reduced costs for state provided health care should the unthinkable happen and you end up involved in a road accident.

-If you are driving a British car, you should carry a GB sticker on the back to identify the country of origin or carry Euro plates bearing the GB symbol.

-Bear in mind where you are travelling to and how to get there. Plan your journeys in advance especially if it is the first time you have visited another country in Europe. Make sure to take a map, or have a satellite navigation device installed in your vehicle, which is relevant to the country that you are driving to.

-Remember to check which side of the road you are driving on. A lot of countries in Europe drive on the right hand side of the road and traverse roundabouts anti-clockwise unlike the British who travel clockwise. Take in to account local speed limits. Speed limits vary between different European countries so it is advisable to research the speed limits which apply to the country that you are visiting.

It is critical that you plan your road trip as early as possible. Ideally preparation should begin before you even set foot in your car inside the United Kingdom, to ensure your drive across Europe runs as smoothly as humanly possible. Remember that the correct documentation, such as your European Health Insurance Card, should be with you at all times. You can apply or renew your European Health Insurance Card online where you can apply for a partner and up to four children per application and can expect to receive it by post in three to ten working days after approval.

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