With the summer season now upon us and June’s weather being mixed to say the least, we’ll go out on a limb and speculate that there will be a fair number of tourists hitting the highway in search of sun, sea, sand, culture and relaxation.
Driving holidays have persistently been placed at the top of the podium as some of the more attractive holidaying options for holidaymakers come the summer months.
Attracted by the flexibility, pace and comfort of such holidays, not to mention Europe’s excellent road networks and diverse choice of attractions and accommodation, anyone choosing to embark on a driving holiday this summer may well discover the ideal route to putting the humdrum or stress of daily lives in the slipstream in search of warmer climates, crystalline oceans, immersive heritage and freedom of all responsibilities.
Romanticism aside for a moment, there is a wealth of challenges facing motorists and considerations to be mulled over before filling the tank and driving off into the summer sunset.
So, are you interested in learning everything you need to know when taking a driving holiday to Europe this summer? Continue reading below and learn what you may not already know.
Driving In Europe Checklist
Taking a European driving tour requires a mite more concerted planning than a jaunt to Abersoch, St. Ives or Edinburgh. For starters, you’ll need to make sure that you have all relevant documentation and motoring equipment.
A full, valid driving licence is a prerequisite, as is valid ID and proof of vehicle insurance. Then there’s the issue of a having a V5C certificate and all travel insurance documents. Having a European Breakdown Cover Policy to hand is also paramount, as is ensuring that your vehicle’s tax and MOT are valid and up to date.
As you might expect, when taking a trip across Europe, you should always carry appropriate equipment. Legislation across different European destinations does vary somewhat, however it’s always wise to err on the side of caution.
Its a fair old kit list – from spare engine water and oil and a European Health Insurance Card to replacement bulbs and a spare fuel can, not to mention necessities that every sensible driver should carry, like a fire extinguisher, refreshments, blanket, sunscreen and satellite navigation system. Make sure that you tick each off your checklist before heading out on your European adventure.
The bottom line is you need to make sure that you’re prepared for every eventuality. This will give you complete peace of mind and allow you to concentrate on what’s most important – enjoying your trip.
Do you need a MOT? Not 100% confident of your vehicle’s reliability and performance? Book it in at Duffy Motors. With 50 years’ experience, Duffy Motors is a full-service garage that will provide something indispensable when travelling abroad – total vehicular peace of mind.
Service your car before you go abroad
You may be surprised to learn that regularly servicing your vehicle is not a legal requirement. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s a good idea to delay booking your vehicle for a full service until it’s imperative to do so.
Many motorists choose to delay having a service for a few thousand miles. Whether the reason is a budgetary one or they simply can’t be without a vehicle for a few days at a time, it’s more common than you think to pass vehicles on the roads in need of a comprehensive service.
Our advice? Don’t delay – especially if you’re planning a European driving holiday to France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, even Norway or Switzerland. Taking your car for a service prior to heading off to Europe is paramount. Here’s an overview of the reasons why.
Routine servicing keeps you safer on the continent
Routine servicing can help identify potential problems before they escalate into larger, expensive ones. At Duffy Motors will carry out all requisite checks and perform comprehensive vehicular analysis of the critical aspects of your car. From braking to suspension to the oil and water levels, no stone is left unturned.
Remember that just because your car ‘feels’ okay doesn’t mean that there’s a potentially catastrophic fault waiting to be uncovered. As you clock up the miles, your car will endure wear and tear. Vehicular deterioration is often gradual – something can lure motorists into a false sense of security. Routine servicing keeps your vehicle performing to its optimal level and offers complete peace of mind – something that’s essential prior to heading to Europe.
And saves you money in the long run
One of the pitfalls that motorists unfortunately fall into is thinking that delaying a service or two will save them money. The opposite is true. Why? Simple issues can quickly become costly to rectify if left unattended.
Look at engine oil, for example. Oil lubricates and protects the moving parts inside your engine. If oil levels are persistently low, the engine’s moving parts may seize up. This can cost thousands of pounds to repair.
Not only that, routine servicing will save motorists on petrol costs. New oil and air filters promote fuel efficiency whilst addressing certain issues like under inflated tyres that reduce rolling distance whilst increasing fuel consumption.
Let’s not also forget the threat of your car braking down. Should your vehicle grind to a halt anywhere across Europe, finding a skilled mechanic could be a mite challenging. Do you really want to risk becoming stranded in a foreign country, or your wallet taking a serious hit when on holiday?
As obvious as it is to say, routine servicing – especially prior to embarking on a European driving holiday will undoubtedly enhance the lifespan of your vehicle. This can be especially important if you’re planning a driving holiday travelling from European hotspot to European hotspot.
Yes, routine servicing can provide years of trouble-free driving, but it’s also paramount when you’re about to set off on a driving holiday of a lifetime across Europe.
Need to get your car serviced? Visit Duffy Motors. With more than 50 years’ experience, we are one of the most renowned independent service centres in Manchester.
Should the UK leave the EU without a deal being rubber stamped, the documents that UK motorists will need to carry when travelling in the EU will change. Now, we’re hardly suggesting that a Brexit no deal is on the cards, but it’s always good to be prepared.
For the moment, the UK and the EU have agreed an extension to Article 50 until 31st October, however the UK now has the added complication of electing Teresa May’s successor which could further delay the Brexit process.
The good news for anyone thinking of driving to Europe this summer is that it’s wholly unlikely that a deal will be struck prior to October’s deadline. But, spending a little extra on an International Driving Permit or Insurance Green Card to drive in an EU country could be wise. It’s never a bad idea to have all your bases covered when driving abroad. A Brexit deal may be ratified in the next few months – stranger things have happened – but don’t bank on it.
Want to learn more about Brexit and driving in Europe, click the link here. Interested in getting the opinion of a knowledgeable and astute full-service garage in Manchester? Contact Duffy Motors for free advice.
So, that’s it. All the important information that you need to know before setting off on a European driving holiday. Is your vehicle in need of a service? Interested in getting a competitive quotation from one of the most renowned MOT stations and independent service centres in the country? Contact Duffy Motors today.