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Compulsory equipment abroad

What you need to carry when driving in Europe

Essential rules and recommendations

If you're planning a European road trip you’ll want to make sure you take the right kit with you, to avoid the risk of a fine for not carrying something as simple as a warning triangle or reflective jacket. 

Road rules change, too, so even if you’re a regular abroad you’ll want to keep up with the latest.

Compulsory equipment

The rules vary quite a lot from country to country – our quick guide will tell you what you need to know for the 14 countries most popular with British drivers: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

 

Compulsory kit – our handy PDF guide
Touring tips

Our country-specific touring tips include compulsory equipment rules as well as helping you get up-to-speed with local laws, from drink drive and speed limits to child safety. There’s also more general advice on things like fuel availability and tolls.

Touring tips for driving in over 40 countries

18 January 2017

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