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Questionnaire: Do You Have the Relevant Documentation?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 21 Sep 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
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When travelling abroad, you need to ensure that you have all of the relevant documentation with you before you leave. As well as common-sense documents such as your UK driving licence and passport (which should have enough time left on it to meet the requirements of the country or countries to which you will be travelling), there are others that you will also need in case you run into trouble while driving abroad.

Take our quiz to make sure that you're aware of the documents that you will need on your travels! At the end of the quiz, you can assess whether you are really in possession of the relevant documentation for driving abroad.

Q1: Is your car insurance fully up-to-date? If so, do you have your UK motor insurance certificate handy to take with you?

A) Yes

B) No

Q2: Have you checked with your insurance company to make sure that your travel and medical insurance policies cover you for incidents that may happen abroad, such as road traffic accidents or car theft (and the possible consequences)?

A) Yes

B) No

Q3: If you currently hold a paper driving licence, have you upgraded to a photocard driving licence (or set this process in motion) so that you have a clear form of identification to present in case of an accident?

A) Yes

B) No

Q4: If you will be travelling outside of the EEU, have you secured an International Driving Permit (IDP) so that the relevant legal authorities can understand the contents of your driving licence if you have an accident?

A) Yes

B) No

Q5: If you will be travelling to or driving through a country that requires you to need a Green Card, have you secured one? (Although this is no longer compulsory in many countries, a Green Card is still mandatory in some European countries and provides basic insurance in case of a road traffic accident).

A) Yes

B) No

Q6: Have you got your vehicle's registration certificate handy? (This should be the vehicle's original registration document, rather than a photocopy).

A) Yes

B) No

Q7: Have you organised adequate breakdown cover in case your car breaks down while driving abroad?

A) Yes

B) No

Q8: Have you checked whether you will need a visa for the country or countries that you are travelling to?

A) Yes

B) No

Answers

Mostly A's: Well done! From your answers, it seems as though you have most (if not all!) of the relevant documentation that you will need when driving abroad. If you do not currently have all of it, look into securing it at least a month in advance of setting off in case there are hold-ups.

Mostly B's: Your answers indicate that you do not currently have all of the relevant documentation that you will need for driving abroad. Much of the documentation needed will arrive within a month of being ordered, but is advisable to request the document(s) in advance of this in case they do not arrive in time.

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Jim - Your Question:
I have recently bought a car and will be going to France and Italy before I get the registration document back. I have the green slip and a photocopy of the document with the previous owners details. Will this be sufficient?

Our Response:
You'll be fine with the photocopies. The main things to consider are your insurance/breakdown cover etc. Make sure you've checked out the other requirements such as having a high viz jacket, warning triangle, correctly dipped lights etc.
AboutDrivingAbroad - 23-Sep-15 @ 10:50 AM
I have recently bought a car and will be going to France and Italy before I get the registration document back.I have the green slip and a photocopy of the document with the previous owners details.Will this be sufficient?
Jim - 21-Sep-15 @ 8:34 AM
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