If you're planning on driving in Europe with your own car, you could make your journey less stressful if something happens whilst on the road. Obviously you never know what might happen, and you might not need any of the following information. But if you do, you'll be pleased you've taken a little time out to get ahead to get prepared. If you have the time, read through this quick check list before leaving your home. It will be a lot quicker than having to potentially find details of your car documentation from abroad or wondering whether you should have a Crit'air sticker on your windscreen for example.
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Make a simple call or fire an email to your insurer before starting on your European road trip. Find out the following:
DID YOU KNOW? With a hire car, the excess on insurance you might need to pay can range between £500 and £2000.
What exactly do you need to take with you?
If you're heading to France with your car, here's what you should know:
What is Crit’air? Crit'Air is an Eco-Vignette, a visual solution to identify the level of pollution emitted by your car at a glance. It was introduced in France on 1st July 2016. The Vignette comes in six categories and colours, depending on the year of registration, the energy efficiency, and the vehicle's emission quantity.
SACREBLEU! If your car does not display its Crit'Air sticker in French cities which have adopted the scheme, you could be liable for a fine between 68 and 375 euros. Never a good surprise when you're enjoying a holiday or mini break.
Where does it apply - if travelling to France you might need it to drive through Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulouse ....28 cities have now rolled out Crit'air measures with more being added all the time.
Here's what you need:
You might need other items too, depending which country you're heading to. You can check the list of what you need and even download it on the AA site.
Your breakdown assistance level can vary for driving to Europe, and may be limited to the UK. You can easily attach, however, a European travel Assistance option for the duration of your trip with many of the UK suppliers. Best to check and have peace of mind. It might not be as expensive as you thought too. If you travel to Europe a lot, an annual European extension might be better value for money than single trip ones. Do check the small print as some policies limit the amount of days they will cover you within a period of twelve months (for annual covers) or cap the maximum amount of times you can claim.