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Going to Europe This Summer? Essential Driving Tips

  • Friday, July 27, 2018

Here at ACC UK Ltd, multi award winning Independent Volvo and Toyota Service, Repair & MOT garage based in Farnborough, Hampshire, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

The blog this week is our driving abroad essential tips to keep you safe and fully prepared on the roads. It is totally normal to feel nervous or apprehensive but being fully prepared will ensure that you are a confident driver and will make your journey a lot better and more enjoyable. Read below to find out more.

If you are driving your own car then you will feel totally at ease with all its functionality, but you will have to adapt to being on the other side of the road and the speed limits being in kilometres. Make sure that you know the laws of the country/countries you will be driving in with reference to carrying your relevant documents, such as driving licence, insurance documents, passport, rental paperwork, V5 etc and what you need in the car if you are unfortunate to suffer a breakdown. For example carrying a warning triangle, hi vis jacket, first aid kit etc. So, do your research before you leave or you could face a fine. If you are driving a hire car, take five minutes to get used to where all the relevant buttons and gadgets are such as the lights, indicators, wiper blades etc. Getting the hang quickly that the gear stick is on the other side of you. Do not load up your car so that your visibility is restricted out of the rear and side windows.

Driving in Europe

Planning your journey and frequent rest breaks is also a good thing to do. If you have a European sat nav this would be very handy. Some rental companies give you this as an optional extra – take advantage of that as there is nothing worse than being lost in a foreign country. It would be handy to have a hard copy of directions just in case something happens to your sat nav. Make sure that you have plenty of water in the car to stay hydrated. If you have young children in the car make sure that you have plenty of things to keep them occupied and that you have plenty of snacks to hand. Much like you would if you were going on a road trip in the UK. Sunglasses and sunscreen are essential things to keep handy also. Leave plenty of space between you and the car in front and be mindful that you and others will be joining motorways from the opposite side than you are used to. Roundabouts can be confusing as you will be driving anti clockwise and you will be giving way to the left. Last year we wrote some blogs on driving in specific countries take a look at them. Happy Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.

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