So if you are taking one of our Easicampers vw California’s of ford zefiros abroad in the summer here are a few things you may not know:
Drive on the right
This may seem an obvious one but when you’re in the holiday mood or you stop for lunch and then hit the road again it’s easy to forget this rule. Even if you need to write it on your hand for the first few days, do it. Anything is better than getting this one wrong!
Use a map or Satnav Don’t assume you know where you are going just because you went there ten years ago. Roads change, motorways get built, new towns appear… and being lost on holiday is just wasted leisure time so make sure you can always get to where to you want to be. If your vehicle has Satnav, great, but do check you have programmed it with the most up-to-date maps of Europe (and always carry a map just in case). If your car or motorhome doesn’t have Satnav, then you can rent one of those you stick to the dashboard or windscreen from our Easicampers depot. Oh, and do remember that radar detectors are illegal in every European country.
Now this is a little tip that could save your hours of queuing. Many countries in Europe have toll roads so make sure you have lots of change ready so you can whizz through the barriers. And make sure you have the right currency as well.
Motorhome insurance is essential and your motor home will be insured with us here at Easicampers wigan (this is included in the price) but it’s a really good idea to make sure you’re covered for every eventuality before you travel, especially if you’re taking children with you.
Always prepare for the unexpected. One of the many bonuses of hiring a motorhome is that you have more room for your luggage so pack for hot weather, cold weather, wet weather, the lot. And remember your adaptors and phone chargers (for emergencies if nothing else). It’s also a good idea to take your EHIC card with you on holiday (if you’re a UK resident).
Talking about being prepared, the list below will help you adhere to the various laws each country has in place across Europe: country (and take a spare just in case)
• A warning triangle
• Reflective jacket
• First aid kit
• Fire extinguisher
• Headlight converters
• Breathalyser (when driving in France)
• Spare prescription glasses (if required for the driver when driving in Switzerland)
Driving laws and regulations differ from country to country. One of the most important is a driver’s age as some countries let teenagers drive when they are 18, some when they’re 17. So you could scoot across from Portugal to Spain and suddenly find yourself breaking the law. And another thing – every country issues on-the-spot-fines!
Your documentation should always be on hand to show to the authorities. You’ll need to take your original registration documentation insurance papers and driving licence. Doing this will make any interruptions quicker and easier to deal with.
If you have not yet booked you motorhome or campervan, or would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01942 821080 and we will be happy to help further.