Before you set off
BEFORE YOU SET OFF
Getting the car ready
We recommend that you get your car serviced two to three weeks prior to departure. Waiting two or three days before departure to service your car may not be a good idea as sometimes repairs can take a few days. We ask that you pay particular attention to your tyres, radiator hoses, fan-belt and batteries – as travelling long distances in a fully-packed car, in hot temperatures can put extra pressure on your vehicle.
It is now compulsory to carry a spare set of car light bulbs (front, rear and indicator bulbs).
Each passenger must have his or her own seat and seatbelt.
Don’t forget to display your IRL sticker. This is included in your travel pack (inclusive ferry packages only).
It’s a good idea to install car window blinds on rear side windows. These are good for reducing the discomfort of the hot summer sun on small children.
We advise that you inform your insurance company that you are travelling abroad so that they can extend your cover to the country you are visiting. If you are travelling to Spain they must issue you with a Bail Bond.
It’s advised to carry a first aid kit in your car. You will probably have most of the necessary elements already, but your local pharmacist will advise if you’re in doubt.
It’s an excellent idea to have your local garage make up a kit of basic spare parts for your car. They will usually do this on a sale or return basis, giving you credit for what you haven’t used when you return from your holiday.