The Freight Services Agency (FSA) is operated by:
Motis Ireland Ltd.
Tips for driving abroad
While some people take their vehicles abroad on business or out of necessity, many others take their vehicle to go on holiday.
Naturally, this should be a period of relaxation and pleasure, so here are some top tips to help you plan and prepare for your chosen destination or multiple destinations and to help your trip go as smoothly and worry-free as possible.
Plan Your Journey
- Do some in-depth research on the country or countries through which you intend to travel
- Gather information to identify your best routes either on-line, or by requesting information from tourist offices from where you'll be able to obtain maps, guides, etc.
- Check that all passports are current
- Check that driving licences are valid for Europe
- Make sure you have adequate European breakdown cover
- Give yourself plenty of time to get to the Port. Relax, stay calm and remember the drink/drive laws.
Prepare for Your Journey
- Check the overall condition of your vehicle, assess its suitability to making the trip and make sure it’s in top running condition by getting it serviced if necessary. Pay particular attention to the condition of your tyres (including the spare)
- Check that your vehicle has the right jack and wheel nut tools
- If your vehicle car is fitted with a wheel security device, make sure you have the right release key or tool
- Inform your insurance company of your intention to travel abroad and make sure you know what to do in the event of an accident.
Make Sure Your Car Has
- A rear GB sticker
- Headlight beam deflectors
Make Sure You Carry
- A warning triangle
- A complete set of bulbs
- A first aid kit
- A fire extinguisher
Different countries have different mandatory requirements. Please make sure to check country of destination regarding vehicle/driver requirement laws. These can be found with the the Automobile Association or the RAC.
Once You Are Under Way
- Adjust your mirrors to accommodate any new driving positions
- Be cautious - especially at junctions and on roundabouts
- Always obey the rules of the road. Being a tourist is no excuse for not knowing the rules
- Remain vigilant at all times - especially those first few hours.