Importance of Car Insurance Grows As Parents Spend On In-Car Entertainment

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With the summer holidays in full swing, research from Post Office Car Insurance has calculated that parents could end up spending almost £800 on the latest in-car entertainment to keep their children occupied during long car journeys this summer.

DVD players, iPods and story CDs are just some of the items parents could end up having to pay out for to ensure their car journeys are quiet and stress free. And with this added spending, car insurance companies are reiterating the importance of having the right car insurance cover.

With the cost of these items potentially adding up to more than £500 for one child and as much as £780 for two children, suitable car insurance cover is vital.

And to make sure items are covered by car insurance, the Post Office is recommending a number of checks, particularly during summer, where there is an added risk that many people may invalidate their car insurance policies.

During the hot weather it can be tempting to leave windows open when away from the car, but people should be aware that this can invalidate car insurance cover.

Windows, doors and the car boot must be locked at all times, and all valuables should be concealed in the glove box or boot to ensure you are protected by your car insurance policy.

It's also recommended that everyone checks their home contents and car insurance policies before they set off this summer to be clear what personal possessions are covered automatically and whether extra car insurance cover is needed.

The message from companies is that by taking just a little time to do these simple checks to make sure your car insurance is valid, you could end up saving yourself money in the long run.

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