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As 29% of Brits – around 15 million people – are set to embark on road trips to mainland Europe in the next 12 months, Sainsbury's Bank has revealed some blind spots in their preparations.
The majority of travellers have the basics covered, with 62% planning to arrange that all-important insurance policy at least six months before they travel. Additionally, 64% know they will need a full driving licence and valid identification, while 48% are aware they will need to take proof of car insurance.
When it comes to more specific driving rules, however, there's room for improvement. Spain may be the most popular destination, with 28% driving there, but only 7% know that Spanish law requires drivers to have an extra pair of glasses in the car.
Meanwhile, those going to the second-most popular destination, France (27%), could be in for quite a shock – or even a fine – as just 15% are aware that you need to have a breathalyser kit in your car at all times while driving in the country. "Before setting out on a road trip over the summer months, we'd encourage drivers to firstly check with their insurers that they are covered overseas, and then to brush up on their local motoring knowledge so they don't get caught out," suggested Karen Hogg, Head of Insurance at Sainsbury's Bank.
Other tips include giving your car a crucial check-up before departure, and don't forget about breakdown cover either. Especially the 24% who say they don't consider this important would do well to think again, since being stranded in a country where you don't know the language could be a very unpleasant experience.
So, before you set off on your trip, make sure your car insurance covers foreign travel, and if it doesn't, remember to arrange alternative insurance. Don't forget about travel insurance for yourself and your family, either, as the European Health Insurance Card doesn't cover as much as you may think.
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