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    Driving around Europe

    I'm just wondering what requirements you would need to drive round europe.
    Me and a mate are planning a road trip round Europe when we get our cars, and are going to invite some friends along, but what do we need?
    Say if we already have a full UK driving licence, is there another licence that you would need to apply for?

    I know you will need your passport too, (and other obvious stuff, cash, spare wheels etc etc).


    But is there any other legal documents you would need to take/apply for?


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    If it is in the EU then afaik all you need is your passport, both parts of driving licence, insurance details, thats it afaik. Varies outside of the EU though

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    You need a car

    Also check your insurance policy covers driving around Europe.

    If I were you I'd concentrating on passing your test, getting a car and gaining experience first!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard
    You need a car
    duh


    Thanks for the info guys.

    Howard, Getting a job sorted to save up for the car , concentrating on passing my test... well I can't legally drive yet, but I'm still learning to drive (in a far far place where no man has gone before....), heheh. Anyway, that will help me out for my test too, plus a bit of experience.


    As soon as I pass my test I won't be heading straight to europe, it's just a nice little plan for me and my mates to dream up .. at least for the moment.

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    Well when you've passed, hop on a ferry to France
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard
    Well when you've passed, hop on a ferry to France
    Underground in the car ftw.

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    There are various funny rules for driving in Europe, and they vary from country to country. For example, you're required to carry a breakdown triangle in lots of countries (even two of them in a few I believe). Your headlights should not dip to the right, etc. etc.

    http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/overseas/

    When I'm on a booze cruise I just risk it, but for a longer trip you'd be well advised to follow the rules IMO.

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    I have been driving for over 10 years and driving around Europe still scares the crap out of me often. I would get a good year or more experience before you play dodge the pissed spainish people with no brakes while negotiating the most insane amount of hairpin corners you could ever imagine.

    Also, i think the insurance for driving in Europe in your first few qualified years (and especially under 25) will be very expensive.

    You also need to get very good breakdown cover if it's you own car. Never skimp on this and definatly don't rely on the cheap cut down packages your insurance company will give you with your policy.

    Not trying to put a downer on things, it would be a great laugh. But your right to ask these questions in advance. I know so many people who have real nightmares because they have gone unprepared.

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    dangerous_dom: Yeah, I full understand that. I'm just trying to plan all this ahead so I don't jump in head first not knowing what's going on, and not knowing what to do IF things do go wrong.




    So, from some of the posts.. do you guys think it would be better to get the cars on a Ferry or just take the underground? I'd rather drive underground because it should be cheaper, but Pyle said it's hard to steer on the rails?..

    So yeah, I don't want to be throwing tons of money away either though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by XA04
    So, from some of the posts.. do you guys think it would be better to get the cars on a Ferry or just take the underground? I'd rather drive underground because it should be cheaper, but Pyle said it's hard to steer on the rails?..
    I may be wrong, but i think he was taking the micky because from what you are saying, it sounds like you think you can drive through the channel tunnel. But you go on a train

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    All insurance policies give you third party only insurance cover within the EU. This is a rule. They may charge you extra for a 'green card' or for additional countries or different types of policy.

    Personally I reccomend you visit Sopot in Poland.

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    As for whats cheaper, it depends really. There is often deals on and it also depends on how many people are going with you etc. Pros and cons to both, its quicker but the chunnel only goes to france

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    I may be wrong, but i think he was taking the micky because from what you are saying, it sounds like you think you can drive through the channel tunnel. But you go on a train
    lmao, ok, thanks for clearing that up. Pyle can never post without trying to make a joke out of something .

    Quote Originally Posted by TeePee
    All insurance policies give you third party only insurance cover within the EU. This is a rule. They may charge you extra for a 'green card' or for additional countries or different types of policy.

    Personally I reccomend you visit Sopot in Poland.
    I don't really mind about that anyway, when I get my car, I'll be putting my name as an additional driver on my dads policy, so it will be cheaper for me, but it will be 3rd party cover probably anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    As for whats cheaper, it depends really. There is often deals on and it also depends on how many people are going with you etc. Pros and cons to both, its quicker but the chunnel only goes to france
    Yeah, tunnel to start in France and make our way through Europe . Well, there will be 2 cars (mine and a friends), and bringing along with us... hmmm, say another 6 people, so 8 in total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XA04

    So, from some of the posts.. do you guys think it would be better to get the cars on a Ferry or just take the underground? I'd rather drive underground because it should be cheaper, but Pyle said it's hard to steer on the rails?..

    So yeah, I don't want to be throwing tons of money away either though.


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    LMAO.. You get on the train and take the channel tunnel mate
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