Since Brexit, rules have changed in relation to driving abroad. Driving licences issued in the UK will still be valid when driving in EU member states, but if you still have a paper license, you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
There are three types of IDPs needed depending on where you're driving, this includes:
- 1926 IDP – only needed if you're in Lichtenstein
- 1949 IDP – required if you're driving in Cyprus, Iceland, Malta, and Spain
- 1968 IDP – all other EU/EAA countries require this, regardless of driving experience
Another change is that British expats in the EU will now have to take a driving test in their new country to drive legally. This will most likely affect those planning to retire to Spain or France, so make sure you know your country's highway code before moving!
A couple of weeks before you leave, take the time to familiarise yourself with the local driving laws, such as speed limits, road signs and road markings. Europe's highway police are cracking down on UK drivers because of Brexit. If you plan on taking your car on holiday, make sure you have the correct equipment on board with you. Many countries also have specific laws in place which require the driver to carry additional equipment in the vehicle so make sure you’re fully aware of what you need to take before to leave.