February 8, 2023

Top tips for drivers planning to take a vehicle overseas this summer

There’s likely to be a rise in the number of people who will choose to drive to Europe instead of flying this summer as travel rules are relaxed.

But UK motorists need to remember they will now need a Green Card to drive their car in Europe and they can be denied entry or fined for not possessing the correct insurance policy for their journey, Admiral Car Insurance has stated.

Motorists with a UK driving licence will need to carry a Green Card as proof that they have the minimum level of cover for third party property damage and personal injury in countries that are part of the Green Card system.

This includes the Republic of Ireland, all other EU countries and non-EU countries; Bosnia & Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia or Andorra.

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Besides remembering to obtain a Green Card, drivers must now also get a GB sticker, unless their number plate includes the GB identifier on its own or has the Union flag following Brexit.

Clare Egan, Head of motor product at Admiral, said: “We expect many more motorists will be thinking of taking their car rather than flying, once holidays to Europe are possible again.

“New rules and regulations mean there’s a lot more to think about before heading abroad, and that includes getting a Green Card if you’re taking your car with you. Thankfully applying for one is straightforward.

“The last thing anyone wants to think about is having an accident abroad while driving, but unfortunately it can happen, so it’s important to be clear on the rules of the road before travelling and have all the right documents with you while out on the road.

“Rules may well have changed since the last time you travelled so it’s worth taking the time to check before you set off.”

Top tips for motorists driving abroad

1. Take your documentation including your certificate of motor insurance, driving licence (including the paper part) and the vehicle registration document abroad with you.

2. Take a copy of the Agreed Statement of Facts on Motor Vehicle Accident with you (a European accident form which goes by different names in different countries). You can find a copy of this in English at cartraveldocs.com



UK motorists will need to display a GB sticker on their cars

3. Before you head off, check the driving requirements for countries you’ll be driving through. This can include any particular driving rules.

4. Make sure you have sufficient travel insurance for you and your family as most motor insurance policies will only cover the car and not onward travel for you and your luggage.

5. If you are involved in an accident, make a note of where the accident happened, including the date and time. Use your smartphone to see the exact location and take a screenshot.

6. Take pictures of the accident at a safe distance. Also take photos of the vehicles involved; make sure you have a good photo of the registration number on the front and back of all vehicles.

7. Take all witness details, names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.

8. Don’t sign anything unless you understand what it is you are signing. In European countries you will be presented with the Agreed Statement of Facts on Motor Vehicle Accident. If you are involved in an incident with another driver they will present you with the form, it is split into two sections and each driver involved is expected to complete it with their version of events.

The English language version you take with you is for translation purposes only, it will help you understand each section of the form the other driver will give you.

9. Ask the local authority to recover the car if you can. Make sure you have their address and contact details and make sure you know where they are taking your car.

10. Perhaps most importantly, remain calm, stay safe and phone your car insurer, and your travel insurer if you need onward travel. Make sure you have your insurance company’s contact number stored in your phone.

If you’re thinking of taking your car abroad this summer, Admiral has a handy guide with more advice on driving in Europe.