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Taking Your Car Abroad

Taking Your Car Abroad

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Our top tips on how to prepare for your European driving holiday.

As our summer begins to come to an end there is still chance to catch some later summer sun throughout Europe. There is something quite special about taking your car abroad, you can avoid the hustle and bustle of catching a flight, and you don’t to worry about working out the public transport system. You can travel at your own pace and visit parts of Europe that you wouldn’t otherwise see. If you are planning on driving your own car abroad, whether it’s in France, Spain or Italy there are a few things you must consider before you go.

Pre-Journey Checks

Before you leave make sure you check you oil, coolant and windscreen wash levels and the condition of your tyres. Check your tyres a week or so before you leave, that way you will have enough time to replace them before you go. If you need to replace any parts before you go then you can take a look at our parts department. We stock genuine Peugeot, Fiat and Abarth parts and our team are happy to help you get your car ready for your next trip away. We can also service your car to give you peace of mind knowing it is in top condition before you go.

What To Carry In Your Car

There are certain items you legally have to carry in your car if you are driving abroad. Here are a few things you might want to consider when travelling in France and Spain and it’s well worth the time researching the specific countries you will visit:

• In France you have to carry a breathalyser with you, although there is no on the spot fines unlike other items
• In France you must also take a reflective jacket and hazard triangle in case of a breakdown
•In Spain it is compulsory to carry a spare tyre and the kit to change if should you get a flat tyre

Insurance

Double check your insurance policy and make sure it covers you when driving abroad. Also check that you have proper breakdown cover, obviously we hope you will never need to use this, but it is best to be prepared!

Prepare Your Route

Read up about the country you are visiting. Have a look at some of the most common road signs and what they mean to help plan your route. Remember to take regular breaks, it may be tempting to keep driving until you get to your hotel or next destination but you should take a 15 minute break every 2 hours. Driving abroad can be more tiring as it’s a new environment and each country have different driving rules such as driving on the other side of the road; these can both cause more tiredness and stress than usual, so frequent breaks are extra important!

If you want to fit in with the locals in France, check out our range of new and used Peugeot models or if you’re travelling to Italy our range of Fiat and Abarth cars.

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Driving Test Changes In December 2017

Posted on: 4th Dec 2017

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have confirmed that from today (Monday 4th December), changes to the driving test are now in effect.

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Winter Driving Questions Unveiled: Part 1

Posted on: 15th Nov 2017

With the cold winter days fast approaching and the dark nights now here, driving can be a daunting experience. Whether youíre driving to work, the shops or travelling to a relativeís home for Christmas ensuring your car is in full working condition is essential. Sometimes though, we forget some of the rules of the road during the colder months; rea...

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

The All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV Coming Soon To Richard Hardie

Posted on: 26th Oct 2017

Arriving to Richard Hardie Peugeot Centres in January 2018, the All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV is set to make heads turn with its sharp robust design. If you canít wait till January, Richard Hardie Ashington and Durham are holding exclusive preview events in November. See the bottom of this article to book your appointment!

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Richard Hardie Raise £254 on Macmillan Coffee Morning

Posted on: 3rd Oct 2017

On Friday 29th September 2017 our Richard Hardie Group participated in the world's biggest coffee morning. We baked, bought and ate cake to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. We had a great day eating cake and playing various fundraising games and in all we raised £253.64 between our five Centres in Ashington, Durham, Newcastle, Silverlink a...