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Xmas 2018 Newsletter with up to date information, latest deals and special offers.

Drive-Alive Newsletter Xmas 2018

WISHING YOU A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR.

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PETROL AND DIESEL PRICES FALL ACROSS MOST OF EUROPE AND THE UK

PETROL CHEAPER IN THE UK THAN IN FRANCE!

The last couple months have seen fuel prices fall in most European countries. Because of the different taxation policies the falls have not been consistent, so check our recent update to see where the best savings are to be made.

SOME GREAT FERRY OFFERS to save you money on your holiday. Offers available at time of writing, but be quick as many of them are limited.......... To find out which ferry companies go where and when visit our Ferry home page.
  • Brittany Ferries have something different if you still haven't decided what to do for Xmas and New Year. How about a cruise on their flagship the Pont-Aven to Antwerp for Xmas or Honfleur for New Year from £134 per person! If you're heading to France (especially Brittany, the Vendee, Aquitaine, the Dordogne; or really anywhere in Western France) then Brittany Ferries have a variety of offers to tempt you. And don't forget they also sail to Bilbao and Santander in Spain.
  • DFDS Dover to Calais or Dunkirk and Newhaven to Dieppe with discounts for multi-trips and mixed routes and great prices on trips to the Plopsaland Theme Parks near Dunkirk. DFDS are usually less expensive than P&O Ferries and currently have some great offers of short breaks from just £45 return right through 2019 (car and up to 9). If the timing suits you the Newhaven Dieppe crossing takes about 4 relaxing hours when you can have a break and something to eat, and you arrive the best part of two hours closer to Western France.
  • DFDS Newcastle Amsterdam Take your bike once the weather improves for just £42 per person and explore the great cycling in the Netherlands. Or how about a 20% saving on a 5 day short break with your car to Amsterdam? There's plenty to do in Amsterdam and the surrounding area to keep you busy!
  • P&O Ferries have several offers to tempt you on their crossings from Dover to Calais so go there now!
  • Eurocamp: Europe's top camping operator is currently offering their 2019 holidays with just a £99 deposit. If you thought camping was all about muddy fields - think again. As well as their on site luxury tents and mobile homes, Eurocamp has now added log cabins to their ever-growing accommodation. Take a look!

LOOKING FOR A HOTEL IN EUROPE?
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We partner with booking.com to offer thousands of hotels throughout Europe (and beyond), ranging from budget overnight stays to 5 star luxury. Search and you'll find what you want with a best price guarantee.

FIND HOTELS USING OUR INTERACTIVE ROUTE PLANNER
Type in your start point and destination for a detailed route which shows all hotels along the way. Zoom in or use the detailed itinerary below the map to inspect the hotels. Or if you just want a route you can hide the hotels. The itinerary even shows you the cumulative journey time and elapsed distance - very useful and ensures you don't try and drive too far in one day. Try it now


REMINDER: EMERGENCY VEHICLE LANES IN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA

Some months ago Austria introduced a new law requiring drivers to leave a gap for emergency vehicles in the event of stationary traffic on motorways. Germany has now followed suit. What this means is that if you're driving on a motorway or dual carriageway and traffic comes to a standstill you must pull over to either the nearside if you're on the inside (right lane in Europe) or middle lane, and to the outside (left) if you're in the outside lane. There must be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to get through (if possible).

CITY STICKERS FOR AIR QUALITY AND EMISSIONS REMINDER!

You may remember we told you about new air control laws in many German cities and some in France. Both Marseilles and Toulouse have now initiated such schemes on an emergency basis when air quality is poor, and Lyon is preparing a scheme for imminent release. So our best advice is if you're going to be driving into any of the larger French cities, including Paris of course, you should apply for an Air Quality Certificate.

More cities in Germany have now introduced schemes as well, so we also recommend applying for their Emission Sticker.

For general information on Low Emission Zones in Europe click here.

Driving in central Paris
? You'll need an Air Quality Certificate.
Driving in Berlin and most German cities? Yes, you'll need an Emission Sticker.

What's this all about? How to apply for the Air Quality certificates and Emission Zone stickers; which vehicles need them; how much do the emission zone stickers for Germany and Air Quality certificates for France cost? Find out more here.
We expect more destinations to introduce similar schemes in the near future - we'll do our best to inform you.

If you're taking your car to Europe don't forget you can book en-route hotels, self catering accommodation, camping holidays, ferries and Eurotunnel at the best possible rates by following the "Book" links on the Drive-Alive website.

If you take the train, or fly, why not hire a car on arrival. Our automated car hire software trawls the internet for the best prices, then you book and pay online. Visit our car hire pages to find out more.

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