always make sure that you have adequate car insurance cover before taking your car abroad
(PRWEB UK) 26 October 2012
As half term approaches many families will be making plans to travel overseas for a holiday and as such need to ensure that their vehicle is fit for purpose. This includes checking that everything is mechanically sound, that their car insurance covers them for driving abroad and that they are familiar with the laws which govern the roads in the countries that they intend to visit.
When planning a trip abroad, there are a number of things a driver can overlook and plenty of things that can go wrong. Keeping this in mind, Tiger.co.uk has put together a few tips to for those taking their cars abroad:
- Always make sure you check with your insurer that your policy covers you for driving abroad and that you have the required paperwork.
- If your number plate does not include a GB identifier you will need to attach a GB sticker to the rear of your car and if you are driving in Europe you will need a headlight converter to dip your lights.
- Make sure you know the local driving rules, for example in France satellite navigation systems and radars that detect speed cameras are illegal and you are required to have a high visibility jacket and a red warning triangle on board and easily accessible in case you break down.
- Consider purchasing European Breakdown Cover for emergencies.
- Make sure you have had your car serviced before you leave, anything that looks likely to fail or wear out should be replaced. It is also worth taking a few basic tools with you on your journey.
- Take a copy of your registration documentation (V5C), your insurance certificate and MOT. Do also find out if you require any additional paperwork – some countries require that you hold an international driving permit.
- Make sure you have lots of local currency, particularly if you intend to travel to remote areas. It might be worth considering taking a credit card that offers commission-free purchases abroad or one that does not charge for cash withdrawals.
- Finally be aware that at this time of year many European countries are considerably cooler than the UK, so consider putting on winter tyres - which are compulsory in some countries at this time of year - or even bringing some tyre chains. Also bring some warm blankets with you in case you break down and have to wait for assistance.
Andrew Goulborn, Commercial Director for Tiger.co.uk commented: “If you are planning to take your car abroad during half term there are a series of steps you can take to make sure your trip is enjoyable. Importantly, always make sure that you have adequate car insurance cover before taking your car abroad. Make sure you know what level of cover you will have in the countries you are visiting and check that you will be covered for the duration of your stay. It is worth being aware that for some UK insurance policies, neglecting to inform the insurer that you will be driving abroad could completely invalidate your insurance cover. If you do not already have cover for driving abroad you will usually be able to pay a small fee to ensure you are covered.
Tiger.co.uk is a trading name of Call Connection Ltd. Tiger.co.uk is a UK based, independent motor insurance comparison site, offering insurance quotes from over 140 insurance brands. Call Connection Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (number 308374).