I am planning a road trip with my fiancee in April and we will be travelleing to Stockholm, Sweden, and taking in several countries on route;
France,Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, and of course Sweden.
I wanted peoples advice and opinions who may have done or are perhaps planning a road trip in europe or who may be able to offer some valuable advice on the legalities of what I may need to bring with me, and of course what to look out for and/or what I may need for my car. Any information on what I should replace or get checked out before going on such a trip would also be great!
If anyone can offer me any information or advice/tips on what to do, or what not to do,especially if you have been across and driven in any of these countries (or advice in general, it would be really appreciated!
We will be driving to Brugges, Amsterdam (couple of days , Hamburg, Copenhagen, Stockholm.
Our route is:
If anyone can recommend any places to visit, hotels to stay, or roads to drive, would be appreciated!
P.s In terms of legal requirements, The only thing I do know is that you need a Triangle and first aid kit in france, and I found that out from a guy in Halfords, he didnt know about any of the other countries.
Thanks in advance
First, buy yourself European breakdown insurance for your car. A garage can convert your headlights for driving on the right. Spare bulbs are handy and are supposed to be carried in France. They say an extinguisher too and they are fairly cheap. A good road Atlas of Europe. Often book remainder shops will have them fairly cheap. Take a torch, foot pump, small can of oil. A roll of duct tape may come in handy. Bottles of water. Umbrella for April.
Be aware that fuel costs noticeably more on a motorway than in town, at a supermarket (as does food, drink, etc) Some fuel places are shut on Sundays. 24 hour pumps in France accept French credit cards. Not British ones.
Obviously check your tyres including spare, brakes, all lights working, radiator for leaks, check oil, including the axles, that no pipes show any wear, that the timing chain looks OK, if you can see it, that the clutch cable does not look worn anywhere. Screen wash bottle full and working.
Speed traps are rare but there are radar cameras about. Some put a sticker where they can see it to drive on the right. It is too easy starting off early in the morning with no traffic about or even leaving an eating place to forget and drive on the left.
Remember clocks forward one hour as you cross the Channel. I use the tunnel now, not the ships. Lots better, quicker and often cheaper. A short distance from the Calais terminal and you'll be on the motorway to Belgium. unless you want to see some of France first?
Advice: If you have some nutter in a hurry behind you, get out of his way. In Germany I have seen people flash up police cars because they were "only doing 100 mph". Drive at your own speed and take your time. It is when rushing that people make a mistake when driving abroad.
Cool, thanks for the advice
So far this is my intended list as essential things go;
First Aid Kit
2 Hi Vis Jackets
Lights switched to LHD
European Breakdown Cover
Reckon that should do, anything else?
Also We will travelling through the following citys
Hamburg- Day 2/3-
Copenhagen Day 4/5-
Stockholm- Day 5/6/7
Taking in any decent sites on the way. Any places of interest, decent roads to try on that route?
I'm looking forward to the Danish part, all those massive bridges and views (as demonstrated be Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear (Merc SLR Mclaren Race to Oslo) ;D
Try to choose your routes that are served by ferry links too. It will be a long and tiring drive to the continent as you will be covering so many countries on your way. So it is good to drive for a few hours and then board a car ferry that will help you to relax and regain your energy before continuing your drive through the continent. Besides, it takes very less time to reach another country and most of the European ports being well connected with the roadways, you can conveniently proceed towards your destination.
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Feb-2011, at 20:26 by ashleygerr ]