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Staying Safe and Avoiding Fines: Required Equipment for Driving in Italy

When driving in Italy, there are some required equipment items that you must always carry with you to ensure you are being legal on the road and avoid unnecessary fines. This is to ensure that you are prepared in case of an emergency or breakdown.

Here is a rundown of the equipment you will need: 

  • Reflective vest – If you break down or are involved in an accident on a major road or highway in Italy, it is compulsory to wear a hi-vis jacket which is EN20471 compliant, when outside the vehicle for your personal safety.
  • Warning triangle – A warning triangle is compulsory in Italy. In case of a breakdown or accident, you must place it at a sufficient distance from your vehicle to warn other drivers of the hazard.
  • UK sticker – It is mandatory that if your vehicle doesn’t bear EU number plate, you’ll need a UK sticker to indicate it’s registered in the UK. Alternatively, if your car has UK number plates, a UK sticker isn’t necessary.
  • Headlamp convertors – If you are driving a UK-registered vehicle in Italy, you will need to adjust your headlights for driving on the right-hand side of the road. This can be done using headlamp beam deflectors, which should be affixed to your headlights before driving in Italy. Alternatively, you can adjust the beam manually.
  • First aid kit – A first aid kit is not mandatory in Italy, but it is recommended. It is always sensible to carry a basic first aid kit in case of an emergency.
  • Emergency bulb kit – A bulb kit is not compulsory, but it is recommended to have a spare one in case of emergencies.

Additionally, you should always check the requirements before you travel, as they can change. By carrying the required equipment, you will be prepared in case of an emergency or breakdown, and you will avoid any potential fines or repercussions.

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