Don’t Let Brexit Put You Off A Road Trip

According to new research, six in 10 (61%) drivers worry that the cost of motoring breaks in continental Europe will soar as fears about Brexit remain. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.

Younger Drivers

An AA-Populus survey polled over 15,000 Brits to unearth their feelings about the impact of Brexit. It revealed that over a quarter of drivers (26%) strongly believe that the cost of motoring in mainland Europe will rise. Younger people seem to be the most anxious, with two thirds (68%) of 25-34 year olds foreseeing the expense of driving in Europe to escalate because of Brexit insecurity.

Regional Fears

At a provincial level, Scots and Londoners dread climbing prices the most, with 67% and 66% of motorists fretting that driving in Europe will become pricier. However, only 57% of drivers in The North East and Yorkshire & the Humber voiced the same worries.

Low Fuel Costs

Despite this unease over whether Brexit will make holiday costs in continental Europe increase, there has never been a better point in time to plan a road trip to mainland Europe. With fuel costs often lower than in Britain, and less traffic than we’re used to this side of the English Channel, a road trip is an appealing option compared with holidaying further afield, or a UK ‘staycation’.

Road Trip Prep

Irrespective of whether you intend to drive overseas for hours at a time, or you’re aiming to stop at the closest campsite to the ferry port, it’s still worth preparing for your trip. That’s why we, at Perrys, have come up with these five tips for driving in continental Europe.

1. Clean Air Label

Travelling to Grenoble, Lyon, or Paris? These cities have clean air zones, so get a CRIT’Air clean air label to escape fines within controlled areas. These can take up to a month to arrive, so get a wiggle on!

2. Car Insurance

Ensure that your British Comprehensive car insurance joins you on your trip – not all insurers extend foreign cover automatically. Nonetheless, under EU law your insurer must cover you for the minimum cover needed by law in the countries you drive through – usually Third Party. This means that if your vehicle is insured, you are legal to travel.

3. Travel Kit

Bring the travel kit that’s officially required in the countries you drive in. For instance, in France you have to have an unused certified breathalyser in the car. In addition, some countries require you to keep spare bulbs or a first-aid kit in your vehicle.

4. Don’t Drink Drive

Don’t be tempted to drink and drive: the United Kingdom has the highest alcohol threshold in Europe, with many countries running a zero-tolerance policy for motorists who have been driving for two years or less.

5. Vehicle Check

Before setting off, get your car looked over to ensure it is fit for purpose – and pay close attention to its tyres.

So, there you have it – some basic tips for motoring abroad this Summer. But remember, if you have any worries at all about your car, pop along to see us at Perrys for expert advice.