in France all drivers must carry a breathalyser
in Spain if you need glasses, you have to carry a spare pair when driving
in Serbia mandatory equipment includes a tow bar and 3m rope
(rules above last checked 12 Aug 2017)


  1. Use the country selection tool below, for information and advice on driving in the country you are visiting.

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    Opens driving pages or PDF documents on other websites. (we do not guarantee their accuracy)

  2. You may need an International Driving Permit (IDP) in addition to your driving licence.

    UK residents:. The AA provide information on IDP requirements; IDP’s can be obtained from participating Post Offices.

    US citizens can obtain an International Driving Permit through the American Automobile Touring Alliance

  3. Using a rental car abroad: Ensure it includes includes all mandatory items. An AA survey found that only 40% of multinationals and 21% of local companies equipped their cars to fully meet legal requirements. See avoiding car hire pitfalls.

    Travelchimps has affiliated with and recommends Carrentals – it is one of the few genuine Car Hire price comparison sites (most are really brokers).

  4. Taking your car to Europe: European Travel Kits are readily available in UK stores, try Halfords travel equipment, or “European Travel Kits” from the AA. You may also need additional equipment for the country you are visiting. Our country selection tool (above) should help you identify these items.
  5. Check you are adequately insured for driving abroad. Does your breakdown cover include Europe?
  6. Check out the latest travel advice for relevant countries (travel advice drop-down at top of this page) or use our Travel Dashboard for a complete set of information on your destination including exchange rate, weather, and WIFI locations.
  7. Download this FCO leaflet for tips on driving in Europe (includes examples of French road signs)