Get Ready For Holiday Driving!
Our Holiday Driving Guide - Don’t Leave Home Without It!
Not long to go now before the roads of Britain and Europe start to get jammed with UK motorists and their families heading off on holiday. And with belt-tightening being the order of the day in many households we can expect to see even more families (mine included) deciding to stay closer to home and take to the road and keep it local rather than jetting off to some exotic far-flung beach resort.
We’ve had plenty of people ask us about how best to prepare for a driving holiday – or at least for a holiday that starts and ends with a long drive. So many, in fact, that a couple of weeks ago we created our own pre-holiday checklist to help drivers to avoid some of the most common pitfalls. From checking tyre pressures, lights and fluid levels to making sure your car insurance and breakdown policies will cover you for driving in Europe, the guide will hopefully make sure you leave home having done everything you can to make your journey as safe and hassle-free as possible.
It may also save you money. By ensuring that your car insurance and breakdown cover are valid for European driving you could save yourself a packet if you have an accident or breakdown abroad. Read the small print on your policies and always call your insurer before heading across the Channel by car to make sure you know exactly what you’re covered – and not covered - for. If your policy doesn't give you what you think is adequate cover (you are guaranteed a minimum level of insurance cover by European law as long as you have valid UK car insurance) then ask about upgrading it.
One key area to look at is who will cover the cost of getting your car back home (insurers and breakdown operators call this “repatriation”) in the event of an accident. The AA estimates, for example, that the cost of vehicle repatriation from Italy to the UK could be a holiday-destroying £1,935. Also bear in mind that motorway recovery in any country, including the UK, could set you back the best part of £200. Quite a dent in the ice cream budget!
So if you’re planning to pack up the kids, tent, sun cream, flip flops and phrase books and hit the road in the next few weeks, take a look at our guide and make sure you get off to a flying start.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Tiger.co.uk.