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Motorists warned to check foreign breakdown cover

Article by Simon Christopher
Posted: 7/8/2012 - Last updated: -
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More than 1.6 million Brits could be making a potentially-costly gamble by driving abroad without adequate breakdown cover.

Britannia Rescue surveyed drivers and, if their findings hold up across the population, around 4.27 million people are planning a drive on the continent this year -- in many cases hoping to find more reliable sunshine without the financial burden of long-haul flights.

The problem is that 39% of those questioned appeared to have been set to do so without breakdown cover. That's made up of 23% who've simply not thought about it, 7% who wrongly believed their UK breakdown cover applied on the continent, 6% who mistakenly assumed they were covered by their motor insurance policy and 3% under the incorrect illusion that their travel insurance would do the job.

Of course, some domestic motor, breakdown or travel policies do cover taking a car abroad, while others will allow this for an additional fee, but it's vital to check rather than make assumptions.

According to the Mirror, an average of 100,000 British motorists break down abroad each year. Not only does that mean splashing out for repair costs, but if the car can't be fixed on the spot, it can cost more than a thousand pounds to have it returned to the UK -- not to mention the additional costs of getting the family back home.

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