You’re all packed, the tank is full and you’re ready for some fun in the European sun. Now you just need to get out of the UK.
If you’re travelling by ferry or via the Channel Tunnel, you’ll need to provide Advanced Passenger Information to avoid long check-in procedures. Passport details and information for every passenger is required – check your operator for more details.
Before setting off, check the rules of the road for where you’re heading. For example, in France you must carry a self-test breathalyser, and it’s compulsory to carry a warning triangle and a reflective jacket or waistcoat in several countries. For just £30 you can get yourself a Ring Euro Travel Kit from Tesco, which has everything you need, including a warning triangle, high-vis jackets, first-aid kit, GB sticker, breathalyser tests, universal bulb kit and more.
The main adjustment to make is driving on the right. It doesn’t take long to get used to it – we promise – but remind yourself every time you’re at a junction. It’s also worth changing the beam on your headlights in order to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic (there’s a beam converter kit in Tesco’s Ring Euro Travel Kit).
Speed limits vary but, in built-up areas, Spain, France, Germany, Portugal and Italy are 50kph (31mph). Motorways range from 120kph (75mph) in Spain to 130kph in France. Many German autobahns still don’t have limits, but some cap speeds between 110kph and 130kph – so keep an eye out. And enjoy your trip!
Keeping the kids entertained
Travel games From Guess Who? to Trivial Pursuit and Connect 4, going retro can keep your children engaged for hours.
Tablets and smartphones You might be fed up with hearing That Song from That Film for the billionth time, but your kids aren’t. Let them have it.
Food Stock up on snacks. Nothing keeps a child occupied like a supply of foody goodness.
Drive to the EU on your UK policy
If you take out a UK policy with Tesco Bank Car Insurance*, they’ll extend your UK cover to the EU for up to 90 days within the period of your insurance so long as you’re a UK resident. You don’t have to pay extra, and it even includes named drivers on your policy.
For more information, visit www.tescobank.com/car-insurance
*Monetary levels, excesses and exclusions apply. Tesco Bank Car Insurance is arranged and administered by Tesco Bank and is underwritten by a select range of insurers.