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RAC European Driving Kit - Essential

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Essential items for driving in Europe including breathalyser

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RAC European essentials


RAC European Driving Kit - Essential
RAC European Driving Kit - Essential

NF Breathalyser
Beam Converters

Our Driving in Europe kit has the essentials for people heading to the continent. The rules of the road are different to the UK and you’ll need to carry a few items that we don’t normally have in the car over here.

As you’ll be driving through France we’ve also included a pack of NF approved breathalysers in our kit to ensure you meet French driving requirements.

January 2013 - Drivers in France have been required to carry a self-test breathalyser since July 2012 with enforcement by fines originally planned for 1 November but subsequently postponed to 1 March 2013. Now the French government has announced that the implementation of the sanction (fine) for drivers not carrying a breathalyser – a fine of €11 – has been postponed indefinitely.

What does the Driving in Europe kit include?

The RAC Driving in Europe Kit includes the following items:

  • Warning triangle
  • GB sticker
  • Headlamp beam convertors
  • Adult high visibility vest
  • First aid kit
  • Foil blanket
  • NF approved breathalyser twin pack
  • Universal spare bulb set
  • European driving guidance leaflet

What do I need to carry in my car when driving in Europe?

It depends on which country or countries you plan to visit. We’ve put together some useful information for driving in Europe to help you plan your journey. Why not visit our Driving in Europe advice section to learn more?

Travelling with the family?

If you’re driving in Europe with the family then you should consider our Driving in Europe Family Pack which includes all the items above but also has a set of High Visibility Vests for adults and children – essential if your breakdown at the roadside.

How to position the GB sticker

We include a Euro symbol GB sticker in this pack for application to your registration plate when travelling within Europe. (Please note that when travelling outside Europe, it is a legal requirement to display an appropriate oval-shaped GB sticker.) Vehicles travelling within Europe not displaying the Euro symbol are required by law to display an oval GB sticker.

Need a few extra items?

If you need extra items for your journey we have a full range of European driving accessories. Our range includes roof bars, roof boxes, cycle racks, sat navs, road atlases, headlamp beam convertors, fire extinguishers and more.


Whilst we endeavour to keep this information updated, the rules and regulations related to driving in Europe may change without notice and this information may contain technical inaccuracies. We cannot be held responsible for information which may become out of date or liability for incorrect information.

Note: Pouch colour & brand of contents may vary

Excellent value for money (North Yorkshire)

I feel confident that I now have everything I might need to comply with European legislation on my upcoming journey.


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