What Car Q&A: April 2010 - What safety kit do I need when abroad?

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Q) On a recent holiday in France, I discovered that drivers on French roads must carry certain pieces of safety equipment by law, including a warning triangle and a high-visibility jacket. Are there similar laws in Britain?
Andrew Lee


Most European countries insist that drivers carry certain items in case of an emergency, but there are no such laws in Britain.

Still, just because it isn’t the law, that doesn’t mean it isn’t sensible to have a bag of useful kit in your boot. We recommend carrying the following in your car at all times:
• warning triangle
• replacement light bulbs
• high-visibility jacket
• first-aid kit
• fire extinguisher
• a spare wheel and jack, or a can of tyre-repair foam

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