Top tips: Handy hints & useful phrases

Bags packed? Check. Excitement levels at fever pitch? Check. Ready to hit the open road? There are some important things to remember about driving abroad, but don’t worry, because this handy guide should provide the info you need to stay on the right side of the law.

Emergency number 112 is the European version of 999. Only to be used in times of severe distress.

My car has broken down

If things do go wrong, don’t panic. A few phrases (along with our helpful diagram) should ensure you get the message across:

Useful French driving phrases

Three more useful phrases:

Do you speak English? Parlez-vous Anglais?

I am lost! Je suis perdu!

Can you send me a mechanic/breakdown van? Pouvez-vous m’envoyez quelqu’un/une dépanneuse?

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Driving abroad

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