Driving Abroad Confusing for Holidaymakers

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

The holiday season is fast approaching and according to a recent study, many planning on driving overseas this year are confused about the rules.

The study by Confused revealed 51 percent of UK drivers have already driven abroad and a quarter do not intend on repeating the process, suggesting they had a bad experience.

Some European countries require drivers to have a high visibility jacket in the car at all times, however, 53 percent of UK drivers were unaware of this when surveyed.

A warning triangle is another legal requirement some European countries enforce, however 31 percent of British motorists were unaware of this.

“Taking your car on holiday can be very liberating and if you’re equipped for the trip then you’ll feel more confident and avoid getting into trouble,” commented Gareth Kloet, Confused head of car insurance.

A GB sticker or national identifier is sometimes required of UK drivers when travelling in some European countries, but 23 percent of UK drivers were unaware of this.

As were 47 percent of drivers who did not know an international driving permit is required in certain countries. While a further 44 percent did not know that a headlamp converter is required in many European countries.

“If your car or motorbike breaks down, or you are involved in an accident, you want to make sure you aren’t left at the side of the road,” added Kate Rose, Confused head of travel insurance.

Travel Prepaid Cards

If you are planning on travelling abroad this summer then you may benefit from a travel prepaid card.

A travel prepaid card is useful when travelling in a foreign country as it means holidaymakers need not carry cash around on them or rack up high interest when using their debit or credit cards.

The travel prepaid card also helps holidaymakers to stay in budget and not overspend as the card does not have an overdraft, so the users can only spend what they loaded onto the card at the beginning of the holiday.


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