Tuesday, 28 February 2012 12:26 PM
Taking a motorhome trip overseas is a great way to spend your holiday, but before you begin planning your route, there are several things you need to consider first. Here are some top tips on how to prepare for an international campervan getaway.
One of the most important things to think about when planning a foreign getaway is making sure your motorhome insurance covers you for driving your vehicle abroad.
Read your policy carefully to see whether you will be protected if you break down or have an accident while overseas. If you find out that your insurance only applies to using your motorhome in the UK, you will then have to look up European cover.
There are a variety of different policies available, so it is a good idea to think about whether this is likely to be a one-off trip or you plan to make regular excursions to the continent.
If you think you may regularly travel abroad, it is worth looking for policies that protect you for long trips or multiple holidays in Europe over the course of a year.
Like you would with insurance in the UK, make sure you pay careful attention to the terms and conditions of the policy and check whether you will receive extras such as motorhome recovery assistance.
This particular service may be useful if you would like the reassurance that your campervan can be picked up and towed to a garage if it should break down during your trip.
Drive safely in Europe
In addition to making sure you have comprehensive insurance for driving on the continent, it is important to learn how to drive your motorhome safely in Europe.
This means researching the particular road laws of each country you are planning to visit. Every nation may have slightly different rules that govern how drivers should use the road, so it is important to check these carefully so you don't unwittingly break any laws while driving there.
For example, many European countries require drivers to carry a warning triangle in their vehicle so that, should they breakdown, they will be able to alert other drivers to the hazard on the road.
While you may be conscious of maintaining the correct speed limit at all times while driving in the UK, it may be difficult to do so in other countries if you are unaware of their particular rules on speed limits.
For instance, if you see a sign for the national speed limit but are unaware of what this is for the road you are driving on, you won't know which speed to stick to.
It is also important that when you check speed rules for the country, you also look to see whether these are different for motorhomes. Campervan owners may be required to drive their vehicles at a slower speed than other vehicles, or you might find you can only use certain lanes on the motorways.
There are a lot of things to bear in mind when booking a motorhome trip abroad, but it will be worth it in the end when you can enjoy a relaxing holiday touring around other parts of the world.