Driving in Europe

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Garth
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Driving in Europe

Apologies for this but I have spent the last 20 min searching the site for the various lists (that I know exist!) showing what documents etc. one needs to take and I cannot find anything! Curse 

Could someone (JK?) point me in the right direction. Heading off on Sat - time in the Vosges, then Black Forest then just about every pass in Switzerland and Italy before heading for Lucca.

Thanks in advance.

Garth

 

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Not sure I've seen that specifically for documents but there's lots of Touring Tips. I've just added a few thoughts about documents there.

Which countries, and do you expect to be back before Halloween?

Jonathan

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Thanks Jonathan - it was the documents list you put on at the end I was looking for!

I think I recall seeing something about proof of ownership somewhere? V5?

We blast across France before spending a day in the Vosges (in east of France close to German border), then a day in Germany driving through the Black Forest area before heading to a place called Altdorf in Switzerland. We then have two days zig-zagging around various passes in Switzerland. We then drop down into Italy wiggling more or less south and ending up below Lake Garda. Final day down to Lucca to meet the rest of the family! I am planing my routes on MyRoute-app so will post them once complete.

Not sure what I am doing on the way back yet as I will be on my own (traveling down in convoy (small!) with my son driving his M5 - but he has to get back for work, so is hitting the motorways). I have 6 days to get back to Calais, so need to make some plans. Will post asking for suggestions of museums and places of interest to visit.

Cheers

Garth

 

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Will post asking for suggestions of museums and places of interest to visit.

We've just followed the Rhine from source to sea. Human-powered but a few places of interest. :-)

Jonathan

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Yes ... V5C ... for vehicle ownership.
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Don’t forget, some countries require you put daylight running lights on. Quick google gave me this info, but not sure if up to date.

Required under certain conditions:

Outside populated areas: Italy, Hungary and Romania 

Indicated roads only: Portugal

Motorcycles only: Belgium, France, Spain

Recommended:

Germany, Spain, France

Required at all times:

Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland (from 2014)

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Always drive with dipped headlights on ... day or night ... home or abroad.
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Also drive with lights on. Thanks all.

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Headlamp beam adapters, GB plate or equivalent. Drive on the right : )

Jim

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I usually drive with my lights on ,,I also usually forget to switch the bloody things of when I stop ,so I carry a small battery jump start now 

clever little Yorkshire man 

derek

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I have driven the Caterham all over Europe in the last six years. From my experience I would make sure you have:

V5 document (truthfully I carried a very good colour photocopy which did pass muster). It is important that it shows the same address as your photo drivers licence and your passport. if addresses are different it can cause suspicion that you don't own the car.

Copy of your insurance document - again with the same address as all other documents.

For France make sure you have your yellow vests handy in the car - one for each occupant. This recently has been the most common excuse to pull you over.

Oh, and as far as driving on the Toll Motorways - recommend you don't speed no matter how empty the motorway appears. Stick to 130 kph in France: very tempting to push on in an M5. Otherwise you stand a greater chance of a chat with a policeman at the next toll booth.