Driving in Europe? Which countries require Fire Extinguishers and other safety products?

What safety products do you need when driving in Europe?

Which countries require Fire Extinguishers and other safety products according to their rules and regulations.

Are you thinking about doing any driving in Europe? You might be thinking – “What safety products do you need when driving in Europe?” Here is your guide to what products you need in different countries.

First off, most importantly almost all the other countries in Europe drive on the right hand side of the road. That is a costly one to forget when making the transition from the UK to the rest of Europe. 

First Aid Kit and Fire Extinguisher

car first aid kit and fire extinguisher is required by law in most Nordic, Eastern European, Baltic and Soviet countries.

A vehicle first aid kit and fire extinguisher is not legally required when driving in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and other Central European countries however it is still recommended. 

Choosing the correct fire extinguisher is also important. Here is our Guide to the Best Fire Extinguishers for Cars.

Spare Light Bulbs

You are required to carry spare light bulbs when driving in France, the Czech Republic and some Yugosphere countries.

Reflective Jacket

The majority of European countries require a reflective jacket or vest for either just the driver or every passenger in the car. The notable exception is for driving in the Netherlands and the likes of Albania and Ireland. You are still recommended to have these reflective jackets. Even in countries where they are not required by law. 

Emergency Triangle

Aside from the UK, almost all European countries require the vehicle to be equipped with an emergency triangle to be used in accidents or breakdowns (Some countries such as Spain, Cyprus, Estonia and Bosnia even require 2). Even if the country does not require an emergency triangle by law, it is still recommended to carry one.

European Driving Safety Requirements

CountriesFirst Aid KitFire ExtinguisherSpare Light BulbsReflective JacketEmergency Triangle
AlbaniaYYYNOne
AndorraNYYYTwo
AustriaYNNYOne
BelarusYYYYOne
BelgiumYYNYOne
Bosnia & HerzegovinaYNNYTwo
BulgariaYYNYOne
CroatiaNNNYOne
Czech RepublicYNYYOne
DenmarkYYYYOne
EstoniaYYYYTwo
FinlandYYYYOne
FranceNNYYOne
GermanyYNNYOne
GreeceYYNNOne
HungaryYNNYOne
IcelandYYYYOne
IrelandYYYNOne
ItalyNNNYOne
LatviaYYYYOne
LiechtensteinYYYYOne
LithuaniaYYYYOne
LuxembourgYYYYOne
MaltaYYYYOne
MoldovaYYYYOne
MonacoYYYYOne
MontenegroYYYYOne
NetherlandsNNNNOne
North MacedoniaYYYYOne
NorwayYYYYOne
PolandNYNYOne
PortugalNNNYOne
RomaniaYYNYOne
RussiaYYYYOne
San MarinoYYYYOne
SerbiaYYYYOne
SlovakiaYYYYOne
SloveniaYYYYOne
SpainNNNYTwo
SwedenYYYYOne
SwitzerlandNNNNOne
UkraineYYYYOne
United KingdomNNNNNone
Vatican CityNNNYOne

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