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Don’t booze cruise into trouble abroad this Xmas

Don’t booze cruise into trouble abroad this Xmas

Category: Car insurance

Updated: 29/11/2017
First Published: 10/12/2008

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More than 50% of Brits looking to cross the channel on a booze cruise could be driving illegally and could end up spending more on any fines collected than savings made on alcohol.

Esure have conducted research and found that up to 3.5million motorists are unaware of the different European motoring rules and speed limits with many assuming that UK rules are standardised across Europe. A driver on a French road could end up with an on-the-spot speeding fine or find they are driving illegally by not carrying a warning triangle, displaying a GB sticker (on non-Euro plates) or by not having their headlamps adjusted.

Head of risk and underwriting at esure car insurance, Mike Pickard: "It is important for motorists who are planning a booze cruise to make sure they read the different motoring rules and regulations beforehand to avoid being issued with unexpected fines across the Channel.

'When planning to take a car to Europe, it is also crucial for motorists to call their insurer and tell them that they want to extend their level of cover for driving abroad."

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