With summer just around the corner, where you’re going on your holidays is top of mind, but if you’re using a car subscription you might not know where you can and can’t travel.

That’s why we wrote this article. After reading this you’ll know where you can travel with a car subscription and what you should do if you’re planning to go abroad with a Wagonex Car Subscription. 

 

Where can you travel? 

 

You can travel anywhere in Europe with a Wagonex car subscription.

 

What do you need to set up before traveling?

 

If you want to travel abroad with a Wagonex Car Subscription, you’ll need to follow these steps: 

 

  1. Go to your profile on www.wagonex.com and you'll be able to find contact details for your supplier.

  2. You will give the supplier of the vehicle the full details of your trip 
  3. We will work to make sure your documentation is ready before you leave for your trip.
  4. Your VE103 form will be created, which allows you to travel abroad.

 

In step 3, we talked about giving the supplier the full details of the trip, this is what you need to provide: 

 

  1. Departure and return date
  2. A list of countries you plan to drive in
  3. Registration number
  4. Make of the vehicle 
  5. How many drivers are to be covered
  6. Whether you plan on towing anything

At the minimum we require the information at least 14 days before, we can’t promise you will be granted permission otherwise. 

The only documentation you need is the VE103 form, if you don’t have this, it will be your responsibility and you could be forced to stop at the border until it has been sent over. 

 

Is it the same for business travel?

 

Yes, it is the same for business and personal subscribers. 

 

Does Wagonex insurance still cover you?

 

Yes, you are insured to drive in Europe if you have taken out a Wagonex Insurance Policy.

For further details, please see the Wagonex Private Car Insurance Policy Document here.

If you use your own insurance, you must notify your provider before you leave. 

 

Research the driving laws where you’re traveling. 

 

In the UK there aren’t any legal requirements for you to carry specific items in your car, but in Europe, you might be breaking the law if you don’t have these items in your car at all times. 

 

Here are specific items you will have to carry: 

 

Vehicle Safety Kit

 

This is a first aid kit, and is essential for driving in the EU.

 

Breathalyzer kit 

 

You will be required to carry breathalyzer kits. You can read up on what you need to do here.

 

Child friendly seat belts

 

Find out all you need to know about child friendly seat belts from AA, here.

 

Winter tyres

 

All you need to know about winter tyres is in this guide by Michelin Tyres.

 

Here’s the full list of requirements for most of the countries in Europe from OSV.

 

Ireland: 

 

  • A valid UK driving licence 
  • VE105B 
  • Insurance certificate 

France: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • “Clean Air” stickers if travelling to cities 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle 
  • Reflective jacket – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle 
  • Breathalyser/alcohol test 
  • Spare bulb kit 
  • Snow chains 

Spain:

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Reflective jackets 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle x2 

Portugal: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Reflective jackets 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle 

Netherlands: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Reflective jackets 
  • Warning triangle 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 

Belgium: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle 
  • Reflective jacket 
  • Fire extinguisher 
  • First-aid kit 

Luxembourg: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence (you must be 18 or over) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Headlamp converters 
  • Warning triangle 

Germany: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Reflective jackets 
  • First-aid kit 
  • Winter tyres 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle 

Switzerland: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Headlamp converters 
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle 
  • Spare driving glasses or contact lenses (if you wear them) 
  • Snow chains in poor weather 
  • Motorway sticker if driving on a motorway 

Italy: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle 
  • Reflective jacket 

Austria: 

 

  • Valid UK driving licence 
  • Proof of ID (e.g passport) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Headlamp beam deflectors 
  • Warning triangle 
  • Reflective jacket 
  • First Aid kit (in a strong, dirt-proof box) 

Czech Republic:

 

  • Valid UK driving licence (you must be 18 or over) 
  • VE105B 
  • UK Sticker or UK identifier within the number plate 
  • Insurance certificate 
  • Headlamp converters 
  • Warning triangle 

 

Prepare your car for traveling. 

 

If you’re going to be driving for a long time, it’s best to make sure your car is ready for it. 

We’ll go through a POWER check here: 

 

Petrol: Make sure you have enough fuel to get to your destination, or you plan your trip accordingly.

 

Oil: Make sure your engine has enough oil and is at sufficient levels.

 

Water: Make sure you have enough water to cool your engine, and top up your windscreen wiper fluid. 

 

Electrical: If your front or rear lights are malfunctioning, it’s a traffic offense and you will be stopped by the authorities. You may be required to bring a set of replacement bulbs depending on the country you travel in.  

 

Rubber: You should check your tyres on a regular basis but it’s even more important when traveling abroad, check your tyres, the tread depth and that you have the correct tyre pressure for your passenger and luggage load.  

 

You have everything you need to have an amazing trip!

 

If you want to stay in the UK this summer, best to check out our blog on the best driving routes, you can find that here.

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