As many of us take to the continent during July and August, the one souvenir none of us wants is a fine from our holiday travels.
As around 400,000 cars are due to pass through the Channel Tunnel alone it is best to be aware of the rules of the continental road.
One aspect I didn’t think I needed to write about was which she of the road to drive on. Worryingly, a study conducted by the car insurer Miles showed 62% of this interviewed thought they could drive on the left in France. Just let me get this clear, you need to drive on the right or your holiday could over very quickly.
Driving on the right is also de facto in Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal; in fact, any European county other than the UK, Malta, Ireland and Cyprus.
In France it is illegal to drive without the following; a single-use accredited breathalyser, a high-vis jacket, spare light bulbs and a warning triangle. Failure to have the above can result in an on the spot fine.
Did you know driving shirtless is Spain is an offence, as is wearing flip-flops or biting your nails behind the wheel? In France, wearing headphones or eating behind the wheel could also land you with a fine.
Please make sure you get to grips with the local road traffic laws of any country you drive through. There are plenty of websites which will give you the required information, a great one is the RAC – https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/driving-abroad/checklist/.
Also, please keep a check on how much you have had to drink before getting behind the wheel. You can find our article on that very point by clicking here.
James Blackham, the co-founder of By Miles, said, “Holidaymakers planning on driving to Europe this summer must take the time to swot up on local driving laws or risk facing fines. Little-known rules can often catch drivers out. For example, in France, you must carry a breathalyser with you at all times, and in Spain, if caught driving without a top on you can be fined €200.
“However, every road-tripper can protect themselves by following a few simple steps before setting off. Don’t presume your insurer automatically gives you the same full cover you have at home when you’re driving in Europe. Give them a ring to make sure you have the same level of cover – some drop to third party cover only once outside the UK.”
Have a happy, safe and trouble-free holiday.
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
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