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Michael Brown

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Published: 20/04/2022

However, one in five motorists will not take any holiday away this year due to “financial pressures”.

A recent poll by roadside insurance provider the AA found that 53% of UK drivers surveyed are expecting to use their vehicles while on holiday in the UK this year.

The survey also found that 20% of drivers will not take any form of holiday this year due to current financial pressures. Instead, these drivers will consider day trips as a cheaper substitute.

The survey was completed by more than 14,000 AA members.

AA and RAC special offers

With COVID-19 restrictions lifted across the UK, warmer weather starting to set in, and a few bank holidays scheduled for the coming months, some people might be considering a holiday.

If you are planning on using your car during this holiday, it may be worth considering breakdown insurance in the event that you require roadside assistance.

“Drivers should plan ahead by checking their route before setting off and ensuring they have given their car a pre-journey check,” said Tony Rich, Public Relations Manager at the AA.

“Breaking down is a horrible way to start your holiday, but with the AA there’s no stopping you as our five-star patrols will get you on the road again,” he continued.

Those keen on breakdown insurance should consider acting quickly, as the AA is currently offering 50% off breakdown upgrades if you add them to your plan before 29 April.

Including the discount, cover starts from £6 per month and includes unlimited call-outs, roadside assistance, and at home coverage. A slightly more expensive package which starts at £9 a month includes these features in addition to national recovery and onward travel.

More details for this offer and its perks can be found on the AA website.

Alternatively, RAC is also holding a half-price sale right now. RAC’s standard package starts at £7 and includes five call-outs, roadside assistance, and at home coverage. Its Unlimited plan, however, costs a pound more a month and includes unlimited call-outs, roadside assistance, at home coverage, and national recovery.

These deals end on Monday and can be found on its website too.  

European breakdown cover

For those looking to holiday in Europe this year, you can always consider using your car to save money. After taking into consideration airfares, airport taxes, baggage handling fees and car hire, using your own vehicle could make sense.

If this is an option you are considering, then you could consider European breakdown insurance.

Both the AA and RAC offer products which will cover you in mainland Europe from £7 a day.

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