Driving across European borders

Planning a driving holiday across Europe? Here's what you'll need to know about travelling from country to country.

The Schengen Agreement has led to a borderless group of 13 European countries, making it much easier to journey across the continent. There are still a few things you should keep in mind while driving, just in case you're routinely stopped by a highway patrol or asked to provide your personal info.

When you're in your own car, you'll need to make sure it meets the legal requirements for each country you're visiting. In France you must have a warning triangle and high-vis jacket with you, and many countries ask you to display a 'GB' sticker.

As you'll be driving on the 'wrong' side of the road in Europe, you could also be required to fit headlight blinders to avoid dazzling other motorists.

You should have both parts of your driving licence with you as well as your passport, and have them to hand when reaching a border. If your route involves toll roads, pop some spare Euro coins into a front storage compartment - many new cars have space in the central console or a smaller pocket in the glovebox.

Before you set off, check what you'll need by having a quick chat with the friendly team at Lookers. Call, visit or enquire online to any of our UK car dealerships.