May 23, 2012 19:00 ET

Make Sure You're Covered for Driving Abroad Says Swinton Car Insurance

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - Swinton, the leading high street retailer of car insurance is warning motorists who are planning on driving cars more than 10 years old abroad this summer, to make sure their vehicle fits in with foreign rules and regulations.

As drivers plan trips to Europe for the UEFA Euro 2012, it is crucial that any vehicle being driven meets safety specifications, says Swinton. Older vehicles may fail to reach the requirements of certain countries, so it is advisable to check this before departure.

Drivers need to also be aware of the laws and requirements of the countries they are driving through.

From making sure a vehicle has a valid MOT to checking out the different rules of certain countries, there are plenty of things that a driver can forget and plenty of things that can go wrong.

Swinton's top tips for driving aboard to Euro 2012:

  • Check with your motor insurance provider that you are fully covered to drive abroad.

  • Have an MOT to make sure the car fits all safety requirements - Many countries have their own lists of regulations that need to be researched before driving outside of the UK.

  • Check your licence covers you abroad - Just because you are eligible to drive in the UK does not guarantee you will be eligible abroad.

  • Check EU laws - In some countries it is necessary to carry safety equipment including a florescent jacket and warning triangle in your car.

  • Check if you need any additional papers - some countries require drivers to hold an international driving permit.

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton Car Insurance said: "Anyone planning on driving abroad needs to make sure they are familiar with what different countries expect. A rule in one country may not necessarily apply in the next. No matter where you are it is important to ensure you are fully covered for any eventuality."

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