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Breaking down abroad

Updated on: 4 April 2024

A man and woman look under the bonnet of their car.

If you’re planning a trip to Europe using your own car, it’s important to be well prepared – and that includes considering breakdown cover.

Breakdown cover isn’t a legal requirement, but it could save you from a stressful and expensive situation should your car break down abroad.

Before you travel though, there are some steps to take that will make life easier when driving in Europe.

  1. Get your car fully serviced to make sure it’s roadworthy.

  2. If any work is recommended, consider having this done before you travel.

  3. Buy up-to-date maps of the areas where you’ll be travelling, along with blankets, a torch and a First Aid kit.

  4. Check which items, such as a warning triangle, headlight deflector strips and UK sticker, are required when driving in European countries.

However, no matter how well prepared you and the car are, a risk of breakdown remains. For this reason, some form of breakdown cover to include overseas travel could provide great peace of mind.

Check out short term European Breakdown cover with Green Flag.

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