Brits going to France urged to check cars

Football fans heading to France for the European Football Championships are being advised to check that they have all of the necessary equipment to allow them to drive legally on the continent.

With on-the-spot fines coming in at over £400 for not having the correct kit in a car, it’s easy to be hit by a charge for missing even the simplest of items – including a breathalyser.

On top of this, British drivers are being warned about how much alcohol they consume before getting behind the wheel, as drink driving limits are much lower in France than they are back in the UK, with just one beer putting you over the legal limit.

Drivers are required by law to have in their car an approved breathalyser, a high-visibility jacket for each of the car’s passengers, spare bulbs, a warning triangle and headlamp beam converters.

Rod Jones, insurance expert at, said: “With footie fans looking forward to making the short trip across the channel this summer, it’s concerning that so many could be caught offside because of foreign road laws.

“It’s vital that anyone planning on driving to France understands the different rules before setting off to make sure cheers don’t turn to tears when faced with a heavy fine or worse.

“It pays to check that your insurance policy includes European cover. Many policies default to third-party only protection on the continent unless you’ve stipulated otherwise, so talk to your insurer if necessary. Breakdown cover is also worth checking – the last thing you want is for your trip to stall on the way to the game.”

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

May 17, 2016

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