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Brits taking risks abroad

Wed, 30 Jul 2014

THOUSANDS of British drivers risk breaking down or paying an expensive repair bill while on holiday in Europe. More than a quarter of UK drivers head to the continent without checking their car or having it serviced in preparation for a long journey.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found 33% of drivers make no effort to check their car, motorbike or motorhome before going on holiday. This is despite drivers citing a breakdown abroad as one of their biggest holiday nightmares, with a large repair bill also mentioned as a worry when driving abroad.

However, the survey also showed that 85% of Brits have breakdown cover when driving in Europe. IAM chief executive Simon Best said: ‘A breakdown is inconvenient at the best of times, but to have that occur while on holiday is even more upsetting. Even with comprehensive travel insurance, there will be huge disruption to your holiday if you have a breakdown – and factoring in the extra expense of getting your car or bike back to the UK.

‘It is vital that your car or bike is in good condition to cope with the distances and demands of European driving. The roads will be unfamiliar so it is essential your brake pads, lights and tyre pressure levels are all in proper working order. Simply don’t leave yourself open to the risk of an unnecessary breakdown or even an accident.’

By Press Association reporters