What To Pack For Your European Driving Trip

Servicing Your Car

If your car is just used to doing the daily commute to work then it may get a bit of a shock if you decide to drive all the way to the south of France. A couple of weeks before you go get your car booked in for a full service to make sure everything is in tip top condition. Here at Brindley we can give you peace of mind that your car is ready for the challenge of your European adventure! Book a service today!

Car Essentials

There are a few things you should make space for in your boot before you set off. So swap the inflatable lilo for a hazard triangle and pack a road map so you aren’t only relying on the satnav to get you from A to B! In France it is a legal requirement to carry a hazard triangle as well as high visibility jackets and even a breathalyser kit. Each country has its own rules on what you need to carry so make sure you do your research before you go.

If you have a lot of luggage to pack, consider purchasing and fitting a roof box. You don’t want to be blocking your rear view mirror with a boot full of suitcases! Head over to our parts and accessories section to see what roof boxes we have available. Call your nearest Brindley team today to find out more.

We’d also recommend packing some bottles of water and snacks such as packets of biscuits, as well as extra jackets and a torch. A mini toolkit is probably a good idea too so you can fix minor issues on the go.

Breakdown Cover

You’ll want to check your breakdown cover just in case you find yourself stranded at the side of the road. You probably won’t need it but it’s better to be safe than sorry!

In-Car Entertainment

If you’re driving for long periods of time then make sure you have plenty for the little ones to do to avoid the ‘are we there yet?’ questions! Pack books, in-car board games and even an electronic tablet to keep them occupied.

Long Journey Tips

There are also a couple of things to consider when you’re completing a long journey. You should take a 15 minute break for every two hours of driving. Check on the map for suitable places to stop where you can stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat. To make your journey more entertaining incorporate some fun or scenic places to stop, visit some historic towns or landmarks!

What do you do to get ready for a trip across the Channel? Let us know!

Added: 30 June 2017

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