More than a quarter of those who take a car or motorbike into Europe on holiday will do so without having their vehicle checked or serviced, according to a survey by the IAM.
The findings come from an online survey of more than 1,300 people who have either taken a European driving or riding break in the last two years, or are considering doing so.
The survey also found that 78% of respondents feel that regulations about the equipment they have to carry in Europe have become more complicated in recent years.
43% of respondents said they favour France as a riding/driving holiday destination closely followed by Spain and Germany.
In contrast to the findings about vehicle checks, 85% of respondents said they always travel with full breakdown cover and full medical cover.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “It is vital that your car or bike is in good condition to cope with the distances and demands of European driving.
“The roads will be unfamiliar so it is essential your brake pads, lights and tyre pressure levels are all in proper working order. Simply don’t leave yourself open to the risk of an unnecessary breakdown or even an accident.”