If you’re fond of your motor and want to take it on holiday with you, you’re not alone. Having carried out a survey with 22,000 of their members, the AA recently found that 11% plan to take their car abroad this year.
If travelling by boat and car, the appeal is obvious: you can bring plenty of luggage, it’s often a cheaper way to travel and, most importantly, you have the freedom to travel wherever you want. Roger de Brett, travel manager for the AA says: “Away from the motorways you’re bound to find delightful places to explore as you go.”
Before setting off on a trip though it’s important to make sure you have the right documentation and that your car is up to scratch. Travel insurance, which can be purchased from the AA, is essential, along with AA European Breakdown Cover. The latter offers an English speaking helpline and repatriation of a car if necessary. If you don’t have cover, you could be looking at costs of up to £1,000 to bring a broken-down car home. It’s also worth consulting the FCO website (gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice) for up to date information on different countries.
But the preparations don’t end there. European countries have their own requirements for compulsory equipment to carry in cars so you’ll need to compile a shopping list before you set off.The AA website offers downloadable guides for much of Europe, and while some countries are straightforward — for example there is no compulsory equipment needed for the republic of ...