When driving from the UK to a ski resort you’ll have to pay road tolls, so make sure you have Euros and if you're travelling in Switzerland, Swiss Francs. Toll booths are always on the left-hand side of the car, so if you’re driving a British car and you don’t have a passenger, bear this in mind!
For France, sign up for a Télépéage electronic device which is read as you pass through the toll, ensuring rapid passage through the tolls. Visit www.saneftolling.co.uk – Ski Club members can get one without having to pay the 12 Euro administration fee - discount.
There are some great websites that can price up how much the tolls will cost you through France – visit www.autoroutes.fr
Tolls are also charged in Switzerland and Austria for driving on their autobahns. You can buy display stickers at the borders and in nearby service stations. In Italy tolls are payable at booths before or after the Autostrada so keep hold of your ticket.
Documents: take your driving license, vehicle registration document, and certificate of motor insurance. If the vehicle is not registered in your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
UK vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries.
Motorway breakdown visibility vests are now compulsory in most parts of the EU, one for each person travelling in the vehicle.
Carry a warning triangle – in most countries they are obligatory.
Speeding and other traffic offences in Europe are subject to on-the-spot fines.
Austria, France and Germany require you to carry a First Aid kit in the vehicle at all times.
Dipped headlights or daylight running lights are either recommended or compulsory in most alpine countries. Carry spare bulbs for your headlights, indicators and brake lights. If your car allows you to switch headlights from RHD to LHD beam pattern, do so, if not you can buy stick on beam adaptors for driving in Europe.
Permitted blood alcohol levels for driving in most European countries are LESS than allowed in England (0.8 mg per ml). Scotland, Germany, France, Italy and Austria permit 0.5 mg per ml, Switzerland is 0.8.
There are various regulations for specific countries too, so it’s always worth checking the details for the countries you’re going to passing through. France requires you to carry a breathalyser in your vehicle. Detailed information for each country can be found on the AA website.