Driving abroad on holiday for the first time can be a challenge as many countries have differing requirements and legislation related to vehicles and driving.
One piece of key safety legislation that is consistent across the European Union, is minimum tread depth for tyres on cars and vans – 1.6mm across two thirds of the width of the tread.
Micheldever Tyre Services recommends that motorists, planning a holiday trip to Europe, have their car serviced and pay particular attention to tyres, as they are the only contact the car has with the road surface.
It is also useful to note that most EU countries require a vehicle to display a visible GB sticker, and to carry a warning triangle and headlamp beam converter. In some countries, the driver is required to carry a high visibility jacket. In Germany, it is illegal to wash your car on a public highway in Germany and in Spain you are required to carry two warning triangles.
Failure to comply with any of these requirements could lead to an on-the-spot fine by a police officer.
In addition to tread-depth, Micheldever also advise drivers to check the general condition of tyres, including the spare, together with tyre pressures.
For more information: www.protyre.co.uk.