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Compulsory equipment for driving in Europe
It's not just safe and sensible, in some European countries it’s the law to carry certain items when driving. To avoid the risk of receiving an on the spot fine when driving in popular European destinations, such as France, Germany or Spain, make sure you have all the compulsory or recommended equipment, most of which are already contained in the AA Emergency Breakdown and Touring Kit or the AA Euro Travel Kit. Check the table below for the compulsory or recommended equipment you will need to drive in each country.
How to use this checklist
Choose a country on the left, then look across the row to see what equipment you need. Here's what the symbols mean:
- Recommended by the AA or the respective country
- Click to view tips and guidelines
|Country||GB Sticker||Headlamp Beam Converters||Warning Triangle||Hi Vis Jacket||First Aid Kit||NF Approved Breathalyser||On the spot fines issued|
1) The list above is not an exhaustive list of compulsory items. Compulsory or required items could vary or change and fines may be imposed for failure to carry compulsory items. Please do check the latest motoring laws in the countries you are visiting before you visit.
For more advice on motoring abroad visit: theAA.com/motoring-advice
2) The AA recommends that each vehicle carries at least two high visibility jackets in the passenger compartment. Requirements vary from country to country.
AA European Travel Kit with Breathalyser
AA Driving in France Kit with Breathalyser
AA Emergency Breakdown & Touring Kit†
AA Headlamp Beam Converters
Breathalyser Twin Pack, "NF" Approved
AA Magnetic GB Plate
AA Soft Pouch First Aid Kit
AA High Visibility Vest
AA Family High Visibility Vest Pack
AA Warning Triangle
AA Foldable Warning Triangle
AA Fire Extinguisher (950G)