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European motoring advisor
Before you travel be sure that you have everything you need for driving in Europe and abroad. Our advice below covers everything for your trip abroad, from what you need before you go to advice if things go wrong.
Select your destination country and any countries you are travelling through to see motoring information and advice including any accessories you may need to purchase. Use our Route Planner to help with driving directions whilst you're away.
Download Our Driving Abroad Report 2013 is now available.
Preparing to drive in Europe? What you should know
Before you go
Before you leave for your holiday, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that you are prepared for any eventuality.
When you get there
Driving abroad is not without its challenges; follow our handy 11-point advice guidelines for when you get there.
Why is it important to take out cover
Planning to take your car across the channel and holiday in mainland Europe? Be prepared and check your breakdown cover.
Breakdown cover this summer from just £11†
† Price based on one day’s basic cover on a single trip policy for up to five people travelling in a vehicle less than six years old in France
Driving and Travel Checklist
Before you set off on your driving holiday to make sure you are prepared for any eventuality.
Browse the RAC Shop for a range of european driving essentials, to help make your journey safe and enjoyable.
Camping Card International
Camping somewhere around the world? Consider the Camping Card International.
International Driving Permit
If you're planning to drive a car abroad you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for certain countries.
Carnet de Passage
Are you planning to take your vehicle overseas outside Europe? You may need a Carnet de Passage.
Vehicle on Hire Certificate
Are you taking a hired / leased car abroad? You may need a Vehicle on Hire Certificate.
When things go wrong abroad
Guidance on what to do if you break down or are involved in an accident whilst driving abroad.
Driving Abroad in Winter
Driving abroad in winter can bring its challenges; it pays to understand both the safety and legal issues.
Glossary and Useful Websites
Need more advice - browse our glossary and and view other helpful websites!
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