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Drivers could be breaking the law abroad because of incorrect kit

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 7/17/2017 Staff writer
File photo dated 21/12/16 of a driver blowing into a breathalyser. Police have launched a summer crackdown on the "menace" of drink and drug driving. © Provided by AOL Cars UK File photo dated 21/12/16 of a driver blowing into a breathalyser. Police have launched a summer crackdown on the "menace" of drink and drug driving.

Varying motoring rules and requirements in each European country mean that many drivers may be breaking the law when driving the continent this summer.

Drivers are being urged to read the Highway Code where they are going to be driving and also to check they have the correct kit while abroad.

Most European countries require a first aid kit to be in all cars. However, other countries require more specific kit. In Serbia, for example a length of rope is required, while in Spain a spare pair of driving glasses is needed and in Greece every vehicle must carry a fire extinguisher.

Research from online comparison site Go Compare suggests that one in 10 drivers will be stopped by police when driving abroad.

As well as kit requirements, experts have also advised those travelling abroad to brush up on their road knowledge.

David Hammond, motoring expert at Halfords, said: "Unfamiliar road signs, lack of local knowledge and driving on the opposite side of the road can all lead to a disconcerting driving experience on the continent. Being prepared and knowing local laws means families can drive with confidence and avoid unnecessary fines and hassle."

By Ted Welford

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