Your Ultimate Guide to Driving in Europe After Brexit: Essential Tips and Requirements

Navigating European roads post-Brexit requires a thorough understanding of the updated regulations. In this guide, we’ll outline the essential considerations for British travelers, including necessary documents, speed limits, and insurance requirements. By staying informed, you can ensure a seamless journey across the continent, avoiding any potential pitfalls along the way.

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1. Licence Check:
  • British driving licences remain valid, but ensure you carry yours.
  • Consider obtaining an International Driving Permit if your licence is paper-based or from Gibraltar or the Channel Islands.
2. Insurance:
  • Confirm coverage with your insurer, especially for theft, damage, and roadside assistance.
  • Be mindful of any changes in insurance requirements post-Brexit.
3. Required Documents:
  • Don’t forget your driving licence, insurance certificate, and vehicle registration documents.
  • Display a UK sticker on your car or trailer, as old GB/Great Britain stickers are no longer valid in the EU.


4. Speed Limits:
  • Familiarise yourself with EU speed limits, which generally range from 120-130kph on motorways and 50kph in urban areas.
  • Be aware of local variations, such as Germany’s autobahns and variable limits in France, Finland, and Sweden.
5. Passport:
  • Ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your departure date.
  • Renew passports online if needed, keeping in mind the ten-year issuance requirement.


6. Other Documentation:
  • Consider travel insurance and ensure you have a valid EHIC or GHIC for healthcare in the EU.
  • Check visa requirements, especially for business travel, as rules may vary between EU countries.
7. Trailers:
  • Register trailers over 750kg (commercial) or 3,500kg (non-commercial) before travel.
  • Display registration plates and carry a trailer registration certificate to avoid any legal complications.

As you plan your European road trip, it’s crucial to equip yourself with the knowledge needed to navigate the post-Brexit landscape effectively. Our guide provides valuable insights into the key factors to consider, from documentation to speed limits and insurance coverage. Remember to double-check specific regulations for each country you plan to visit and download our PDF guide for a comprehensive resource to enhance your driving experience in Europe. Safe travels!

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