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Driving abroad this summer?

01st May 2019

Driving abroad this summer?

Some handy information!



  • It’s illegal for drivers to use mobile phones in a car, even if they’ve stopped, pulled over or have their hazards on.
  • Paris is a low emission zone, so petrol and diesel cars registered before 1997 are banned from the city centre between 8am and 8pm on weekdays.



  • Driving in high-heels, flip-flops, backless or open-front shoes is not allowed and could cost you a £200 fine.
  • Leaving music playing in your car whilst refuelling could incur a fine.



  • Watch out for Limited Traffic Zones (ZTLs) in major cities – local drivers are allowed to drive in these areas but not tourists.
  • If a driver flashes their lights it isn’t an invitation for you to join the road – it means they don’t plan on stopping.



  • You can’t carry bikes on the back of your car – you must use a roof rack instead.
  • When parking on the street your car must face the direction of the traffic.
  • Be careful when driving at night – many road signs in Portugal won’t light up unless you shine full beam headlights on them.


We specialise in arranging quality car insurance and all of our policies allow at least 90 days driving in Europe (as at April 2019!).

Brexit will be another subject…!

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