A third of drivers leaving the UK to drive abroad are not carrying a spare set of bulbs, a basic requirement in most EU countries. A further 17% had left without a warning triangle, 19% had no first aid kit and 61% did not have a fire extinguisher, either required or recommended in countries like France, Spain and Germany.
The survey was carried out in the UK by car care specialist Comma, which also points out that it is an offence to run out of fuel in Germany and Spain, while drivers in Spain who wear spectacles are required to carry a spare set.
Other factors drivers need to consider when driving in unfamiliar territory include the fact that in Luxembourg it is compulsory to flash your headlights before overtaking and in Cyprus sounding your horn at night is illegal.
Comma spokesman Mike Bewsey said: ‘Motorists must ensure their vehicle complies with European law before they set off. It’s also advisable to check your vehicle thoroughly before setting off and make sure you have enough car consumables to last the journey, such as top-up oil and screen wash.’