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Does your Car Insurance cover the EU?

Published: 26/05/2010 by Comments

The coming months are expected see a mass exodus of Brits, as millions take off on their holidays. Last year, 1.8 million Brits traveled abroad in the May half term holiday alone, and this year, the number is expected to be higher.

With the inevitable queues and delays at the airports, car travel is a popular alternative, which comes with the added bonus of being able to take the scenic route, and setting a leisurely pace for the holiday ahead. However, with 88% of the car drivers neglecting to read the finer prints of their insurance plan, many are running the risk of their idyllic holiday escape on four wheels degenerating into something else.

According to M&S Car Insurance, drivers should not just assume that their car insurance policy will cover them beyond the UK, as some products do not include such coverage by default. If drivers are planning a trip abroad with their cars, they should ensure that they have a policy that offers overseas coverage.

With the long distances to be traveled and heavy traffic on the road, the chances of car trouble or breakdown is high. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) recently warned motorists to be especially careful on the country roads this bank holiday, as they are known accident hot-spots.

According to Andrew Ferguson, Head of General Insurance at M&S, with the recent air travel problems, many have switched to traveling by road. But travelers should make sure that they have adequate car insurance and breakdown cover in place, so that they are well-equipped to deal with any eventualities.

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