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Easter getaway - motorcycling on the continent

This week’s tips from the IAM’s standards and compliance manager, Richard Gladman, are offering advice to motorcyclists planning an Easter getaway to continental Europe. Find out how you can best prepare for your journey abroad.

  1. 1. Keep your driving licence, V5 and vehicle registration documents with you at all times. And make sure your breakdown and insurance policies cover you abroad – if you’re not sure whether your travel insurance covers you call your insurer and keep an EHIC card with you too (2).
  2. If there isn’t a visible GB sign on your vehicle you will need to purchase one and display it on your bike before entering the continent.
  3. Before packing your luggage, check the maximum load for your bike – overloading it will affect your balance. For a more comfortable journey, consider fitting a top box or pannier.
  4. If you’re planning to take your bike on a ferry crossing then make sure you have a set of tie downs with you to secure it into place – make sure someone supervises you with this.
  5. Take note of any rules and regulations for your destination beforehand – many continental European countries will have different road signs and riding standards. For example, in France, all motorcyclists and pillion passengers must wear high visibility clothing – refer to the EU driving abroad website for further information:
“As you’ll be riding for longer periods of time it’s important that you keep a bottle of water and first-aid kit with you too – you never know when these will come in handy. And if you begin to feel tired then be prepared to stop off at a service station or similar, so you can take a much-needed rest break.

Enjoy the journey and happy Easter to all from the IAM.

Notes to editors:

  1. Richard Gladman is the IAM’s standards and compliance manager.
  2. EHIC Card and further information:
  3. The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 90,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.


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