Top Tips to Get Your European Car Holiday-Ready

AVW Holiday Tips for Car

Going on trips could be exciting, but preparation is crucial, especially if planning a long trip. This doesn’t just include itineraries or things to bring, but also getting your car ready for the long drive.

As much as you want to go ahead for the tours and visits to the most iconic places,  and cultural landmarks, it is important to ensure that you will have a smooth and fun journey.

Here are some tips to prepare your car-ready for your European trip.


  1. Do a Maintenance Check

As your physical health is important in your trip, your car’s health must also be prioritised. Do a general check-up on your car to ensure the greatest performance possible. Check the following:

  • Brakes: Test your brakes to see if it’s working properly. If you hear any squeaking or you notice that the breaks have delays in responses, you better get them checked by a mechanic.
  • Tires: Inspect tires and ensure they have enough tread depth. Prepare a spare tire, and check tire pressure.
  • Oil and Fluids: Ensure all essential fluids are in the correct levels and quality such as the brake fluid, power steering fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid.
  • Lights and Indicators: Check that all lights are working properly.
  • Battery: Ensure that batteries are fully charged. Check them for corrosion and if they are old, you may consider changing them.
  1. Prepare and update necessary documentation. Make sure your driving license is valid, vehicle insurance is up to date and covers your driving in Europe, and vehicle registrations are handy. Check also if the county is requiring a green card as proof of your insurance.


  1. Familiarise yourself with European Driving Laws such as speed limits, road signs, safety equipment, and toll roads.


  1. Plan your route and stops ahead of time. Map out your route, and familiarise yourself with the directions. Equip your cars with GPS, and bring with you reliable maps. Plan regular stops, and make sure you book yourself accommodations in advance to avoid delays and hassles.


  1. Pack smart and don’t forget to be emergency-ready. Make sure that what you will bring is essential. Plan your daily outfits and consider the weather or season where you are going. Pack basic emergency kits, list down emergency contacts, and bring stuff that will give comfort in your travel such as pillows or blankets.


  1. Familiarise yourself with Europe’s Environmental Zones and Low Emission areas. European cities have low emission zones so it is better to obtain any necessary emission permits. Plan for alternative routes if there are areas that are restricted for entry.


  1. Stay informed and flexible about local news, weather forecasts, and travel advisories.


With these tips, you are set to have a smoother and more enjoyable travel. Challenges may not be avoided but at least you are well prepared, especially the car that will bring you to places.


Preparing your car is important, but don’t forget to enjoy and drive safely!

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