Family and friends visiting expats unsure of driving rules

by Ray Clancy on June 17, 2011

Expats unaware of road rules

It is the time of year when British expats in Europe get visits during the summer from family and friends and new research shows many of them are unsure about the driving rules.

Some 51% of British drivers have already driven abroad and only a quarter do not intent to do in the future, according to the study by car insurance comparison site

When quizzed though on the rules about driving overseas, over half, 53%, were unaware that some European countries require you to have a high visibility jacket in the car.

Moreso, 31% were unaware that drivers should carry a warning triangle in the car in some European countries and 23% did not know that they may be required to display a GB sticker or national identifier when taking their car to some European countries.

It also found that 47% did not know an international driving permit is required in certain countries and 44% did not know that a headlamp converter is required in many European countries.

‘Taking your car abroad can be very liberating and if you’re equipped for the trip then you’ll feel more confident and avoid getting into trouble. Then it is just a case of remembering to drive on the right in the majority of European countries,’ said Gareth Kloet, head of car insurance at the company.

The study also found that almost a quarter of men and just under a quarter of women do not have any breakdown cover.

‘When driving abroad you should always ensure you have adequate breakdown cover as well as suitable travel insurance to cover you while you are away.  If your car or motorbike breaks down, or you are involved in an accident, you want to make sure you aren’t left at the side of the road, and are also able to claim for any medical expenses,’ explained Kate Rose, head of travel at

‘Travel Insurance is often overlooked, but with prices starting at as little as £2.95, the peace of mind, especially when driving in unfamiliar countries, can be invaluable,’ she added.

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monikaprice June 18, 2011 at 6:09 am

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