As Brexit has now become a reality, it’s important to know what’s changed for when we’re able to visit and drive around the EU safely again.
Is my driving licence still valid in the EU?
Good news - UK drivers will still be able to use their normal driving licence to drive in EU countries. However, there are a few exceptions, if you own a paper licence or had a licence issued in Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man, you will need to purchase an International Driving Permit (IDP).
An IDP is valid for 1 to 3 years and the applying process can be quite simple. The basics are that you will need a photograph at passport standard, your licence, your passport and £5.50.
Is my car insured in the EU?
Drivers will need a green card to prove their vehicle is insured when driving in the EU. It’s important to contact your insurer six weeks prior to travelling and mention which country you’re going to so the documents are correct.
Your car insurance will give you a minimum of third-party protection in EU countries, however, it’s worth calling and checking before you travel.
Don’t forget, different countries have different rules, so if your trip involves crossing borders you may require multiple documents.
Will I need a GB sticker?
You will need a GB sticker unless your number plate has a GB on it, either alone or alongside a union flag – however, if the GB is alongside an EU flag or an individual nation flag, you’ll still need a sticker.
If you’re unsure, purchase a GB sticker, it’s better to be safe than sorry!
What happens if I have an accident?
Before you travel it’s important to check with your insurer that if you’re involved in an accident with a European motorist and want to make a claim against them, your insurer will contact their insurer on your behalf and deal with it for you.
If they don’t, you’ll be forced to deal with a foreign insurance company, most likely spoken in that country.
Once you’ve done this you are ready for Europe and Europe is ready for you.