Road trip

Driving abroad: all you need to know plus cover for insurance, breakdown

Driving abroad arranging insurance and breakdown cover checking local laws and loading the car safe

When it comes to setting off for a holiday on the continent, drivers and families have a packing list as long as beach towel. But it’s easy to forget one or more vital elements. European insurance, breakdown cover, extra kit to comply with foreign laws and your driving licence are all indispensable. And unlike a missing tube of sun cream, these aren’t easy to organise abroad and missing them can take the joy out of a much-needed break.

That’s why it’s important that drivers write out a list of everything they and their car need for the trip. That way, there should be no danger of conking out on the hard shoulder only to find that your car insurance doesn’t include breakdown cover abroad. Or that the tool to release wheel nuts is at home in the garage.

Millions of Brits prefer to drive rather than fly, given the affordability, practicality and flexibility it gives them. Here are the things you’ll need for a road trip abroad.

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Great escapes: the best new and used cars for a road trip

Jaguar F-type convertible

The road trip is an American institution, a right of passage for drivers who crave the freedom of the open road, the feeling of the wind in their hair and the thought of leaving life’s worries behind. Little wonder then, that like rock n’ roll, super-size portions and sponsored weather reports, the road trip is catching on with British drivers.

A great escape could involve a gentle amble to view the setting sun from the perfect vantage point just as much as it could a two-week long tour of landmark cities or a blast through the French and Italian Alps.

To make it more memorable, however, you need the ideal driving companion. We’re not talking about Thelma and Louise; we’re talking about the perfect car for your chosen road trip. Here are three new favourites, and three used alternatives, that won’t let you down when the time comes to keep those wheels rolling. Continue reading