At Family, Motoring and Leisure we love travel and if you’re reading this we’re pretty should you do to. Driving up and down the UK is adventurous and exciting, with cultural and historic scenery before your very eyes. However, one, twice can sometimes be enough and if you’re a dedicated motorhome or travel enthusiast you may start turning your attention to the dozens of connected nations across the channel in mainland Europe. What a great idea for a long weekend or few weeks away browsing the wealth of shops, enjoying beach sunsets and sipping wine from vineyards in southern France.
When thinking of crossing the channel in your motorhome, you should consider the different legal requirements and regulations in the countries you plan to visit or drive through. Some European countries are well known for their motoring laws and on-the-spot fines, which can catch motorists out in the middle of their journeys. Below we provide some guidance on three of Europe’s most common destinations for motorists.
Driving in France
In France, it is a legal requirement to adapt your headlight so that on-coming traffic is not dazzled by your lights. Also, you will be required to carry a warning triangle, high-visibility vest, GB sticker, NF approved breathalyser and first-aid kit. Additionally, you should display a GB sticker or the country of origin on the rear of your motorhome and the 80 and 90 speed limit stickers.
We recommend carrying a spare bulb kit in the event one of your motorhome headlights blowing, as you can be prevented from further travel by the French police if you cannot replace the bulb at that very same moment.
Driving in Spain
In Spain, it is a legal requirement to adapt your headlights so that on-coming traffic is not dazzled by your lights. Also, you will be required to carry a warning triangle (2 of these are recommended), a spare bulb kit and high-visibility vest. Additionally, you should display a GB sticker or the country of origin on the rear of your motorhome.
We recommend carrying a first aid kit and fire extinguisher in order to provide assistance to other motorists, and to ensure you and your motorhome are adequately provided for in the event of an emergency.
Driving in Germany
In Germany, it is a legal requirement that vehicles carry a high-visibility vest, warning triangle and first aid kit, you could be fined for not having these in your motorhome. It is also noteworthy to carry a fire extinguisher of sufficient size (based on the length of the motorhome). Motorists are required to display a warning triangle a distance from the rear of their vehicle in the event of a breakdown, this is to warn on-coming traffic that there is a broken-down vehicle ahead. High-visibility vests are also necessary as the driver is required to wear this in the event of a break-down.