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Breakdown Cover in Belgium & The Netherlands

If you’ve booked a holiday in Belgium and The Netherlands and have planned to drive, you’ll have the freedom to set your own itinerary and travel around the countries as you wish. However, just make sure you’re prepared.

Driving in Europe can be very different to driving in the UK. The road rules and regulations aren’t the same and, if you have UK breakdown cover, be aware that you won’t be covered when you’re driving in Europe. You’ll need to take out separate European breakdown cover to ensure you get assistance at the roadside and call on recovery services if needed.

Contents:
What happens if I break down in Belgium & The Netherlands?
Preparing for your visit to Belgium & The Netherlands
Important numbers to pop in your phone
Rules of the road in Belgium and The Netherlands
Other considerations before your Belgium and The Netherlands holiday


What happens if I break down in Belgium & The Netherlands?

If you suffer a breakdown or an accident while driving in Belgium or The Netherlands, in many cases you’ll need to call the emergency services first - on 112 - to inform them of the situation. They will advise you of the next steps. While this occurs, you and all passengers should be wearing reflective jackets when outside the vehicle.

You can then call us for further support - our contact number is 0033 472 4352 44, and this number is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’ll assign an English-speaking incident manager to supervise from there. They will be in touch with one of the external partners we work with, who will come out to attend to you. Our main aim is to fix the car at the roadside and get you moving again, but if we can’t do that we’ll tow it to the nearest garage for further repairs.

Depending on the level of your European breakdown cover, we can provide you with the use of a hire car, pay towards garage labour costs, and help with accommodation fees.


Preparing for your visit to Belgium & The Netherlands

Cars can break down with very little warning, and sometimes it’s just sheer bad luck. But there are also some relatively minor issues that lead to bigger problems - these can be avoided by regular maintenance checks. Before driving in Belgium and The Netherlands, give your vehicle a quick health check:

Buy a European Driving Kit

In Europe, you could be fined up to €530 for not having the right driving kit in your car. Before you set off check what you need and buy a European Driving Kit from us to ensure that you don’t get caught out.

Check the depth of your tyres

Driving on tyres in a poor condition is dangerous, so inspect yours before you travel for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Check the depth of your tyre trend - you should never drive with bald tyres. Try the 20p test and if any tyres fail, get them replaced immediately.

Top up oil and coolant levels

Make this a regular check every week or two. Check that oil, coolant and screenwash levels are sufficient and top them up if necessary. Make sure you carry extra quantities of each so you can top them up during your journey if needed.

Check the condition of the windscreen wipers

If the windscreen wipers on your vehicle has tears, they won’t operate properly and will be seen as a hazard. Check the blades and replace if necessary.

Fuel up for the journey

Don’t set off with a quarter full tank of fuel - fill up before leaving the UK. You can obviously refuel while driving in Europe but it’s good to have a full tank from the start so you don’t have to worry about finding a service station too soon into your journey.

Give your vehicle a service

To make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition, book it in for a service before your holiday. Any issues can be identified and fixed before you set off.

Read more about driving in Belgium and The Netherlands with our country guides here and here.


Important numbers to pop in your phone

You should keep important phone numbers stored in your contacts, including:

  • 0033 472 4352 44 - RAC European Breakdown from anywhere in Europe
  • 112 - Emergency Services
  • +32 2 287 62 11 - British Embassy Brussels
  • +31 (0)70 4270 427 - British Embassy The Hague

Rules of the road in Belgium and The Netherlands

The rules of the road in most of Europe are different to those UK motorists know. Things are no different in Belgium and The Netherlands, so before you start driving in these countries it’s important to read up on what those differences are.

The most critical driving laws include:

  • Drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts at all times
  • Priority is given to vehicles approaching from the right - but trams always have priority over all other users (especially applicable in The Netherlands)
  • The use of horns should be limited to emergency situations only. Instead, flash the vehicle’s lights as a warning - especially during night hours
  • Speed limits vary depending on the type of road you’re driving on. It’s generally 75mph on motorways and 30mph in built-up areas - but always observe speed limit signs

For more information on driving laws, read our guide to driving in the Netherlands and driving in Belgium.


Other considerations before your Belgium and The Netherlands holiday

So, now you should be covered in terms of preparing for the driving part of your holiday in Belgium and The Netherlands. But, you should also be prepared in other areas and make sure you’ve made arrangements.

It’s imperative that you have travel insurance in place, and that it covers the countries you’ll be visiting and the dates of your travel. As you’re highly likely to be using your debit and/or credit card while away, you should also inform your bank so that they can anticipate some transactions that are unusual. You don’t want them blocking an attempt to pay for fuel in Brussels because they think you’re at home and flag it as a suspicious transaction.

Check in with your mobile phone provider to confirm that you can use your phone as usual when you’re in Belgium and The Netherlands. You can confirm call and SMS rates, and roaming charges.

You should be all prepared and ready to go, there’s only one thing left...your breakdown cover. Get a quote.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, though this does depend on the level of breakdown cover you have. RAC European breakdown cover is available across 49 countries and these are ranked in three different zones. Belgium is Zone 1, as is The Netherlands, France, Germany and Luxembourg so if you have cover that specifically covers Zone 1 only, you should be covered if you drive in any of these countries. Also make sure the length of your driving holiday is covered.

 
Can you provide me with a replacement vehicle?

Two of our European Breakdown Cover packages provide the use of a hire car to continue your onward journey if required. With RAC Comprehensive European Breakdown you can get a hire car for up to six days, while with Comprehensive Plus European Breakdown Cover that extends to the use of a hire car for up to 23 days. Terms and conditions apply.