July 21, 2011 01:00 ET

Top Tips for Caravanning On the Continent

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 21, 2011) - Bringing a caravan onto the continent can be one of the cheapest ways to explore Europe, it offers more flexibility than worrying about booking accommodation and is more comfortable than camping.

With this in mind, Safeguard UK, a provider of caravan insurance is offering some top tips to caravanners venturing onto the continent this summer.

Safeguard's Top Tips:

  • Countries in Europe drive on the right, it may sound obvious but this is a simple rule that can be easily forgotten if you are so used to driving on the left.

  • Familiarise yourself with the traffic laws of the countries you intend to visit.

  • Remember that speed limit signs in Europe are in kilometres not miles per hour, so are signs denoting distances to locations.

  • Carry change in your car, as many roads in Europe are toll roads.

  • In some countries it is compulsory to carry a warning triangle and a reflective jacket in case you breakdown.

  • A UK driving licence is sufficient for most European countries but some will require an International Driving permit so double check before you leave.

Rita Sadler, Safeguard Manager said, "Taking your caravan onto the continent can be one of the most fun and exciting ways to travel around Europe. However, caravanners need to be mindful of other driving laws and cultures when visiting the continent to ensure they have a safe and happy trip."

Notes to editors:

  • Safeguard is the specialist Caravan and Motorhome division of Swinton Group Limited

  • Safeguard has over 25 years specialist insurance experience and was recently voted 'Insurer of the Year' by one of the most popular motorhome magazines

  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest UK high street insurance retailer

  • Safeguard has an award winning website www.safeguarduk.co.uk.

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