Tips for driving in the EU after Brexit

Taking your car on holiday offers the freedom to discover hidden gems and explore at your own pace, but has driving in Europe changed now that the UK is no longer in the EU? Here, we share our tips for driving in the EU after Brexit so that you’re prepared for your next road trip.

Get a Green Card

Before Brexit, you didn’t need to have anything in addition to your usual insurance document in order to drive in the EU. However, you will now need to contact your insurance company before you travel so that they can issue you with a Green Card.

A Green Card is essentially a document that includes translated versions of your insurance details, and you might be asked to produce this at border crossings to prove that you’re insured to drive in the country you’re entering.

Affix a GB sticker to your car

Pre-Brexit, you only needed to display a GB sticker on your car if you had an EU number plate. Now that the UK has left the EU, you will need to affix a GB sticker to your car regardless of whether it says GB on your number plate. The sticker should be applied to the rear of your vehicle where is can be seen easily.


Arrange breakdown cover

Breaking down is always a nightmare, but it’s especially worrying when it happens in a different country. Not knowing the local language or where you might find a garage makes an already stressful situation 10x worse, so arranging sufficient breakdown cover before driving in the EU is a must. It’s also advised that you have your car checked over by a trusted garage before you go to ensure that your vehicle is in the best possible condition.

Now that you’ve read our tips for driving in the EU after Brexit you’re ready to hit the road! If you have any concerns about your vehicle, contact us before you travel so we can give you peace of mind.

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