Planning your summer holiday? Will you be taking the car with you as you go abroad, or will you be driving a rental once you get to your sunny destination? Either way, there are a few points to consider if you intend to drive abroad this summer:
– Know what you need, pay for nothing more. Many car rental services will try to dazzle the unwary motorist with elaborate acronyms such as CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), SCDW (Super Collision Damage Waiver), LDW (Loss Damage Waiver), PEP (Personal Effects Protection), TP (Theft Protection), STP (Super Theft Protection) and more. Adding these onto your rental agreement will incur additional charges, which you may not even require, depending on your own personal requirements. Avoid the cons, and book these extras before you leave to save your money.
– If you’re taking your own car, breakdown cover is a necessity. Look around for the best deals relative to where you are going and what your needs will be, but always make sure you read the small print to ensure that you are covered as much as possible.
– Plan ahead. If you are a frequent traveller, it may be a good idea to simply have European Cover included in your normal breakdown cover. This could save you a lot of time, trouble and money in the long run.
– Consider your insurance. Not all insurance policies will cover you abroad, so it would be wise to check with your provider before beginning your journey to see exactly what eventuality you are protected against, and paying extra beforehand rather than afterwards.
– Remember, the rules are different out of the UK. For example, high visibility jackets are a necessity for truck drivers in various parts of Europe, and many places even make it a necessity to have a full first-aid kit within the vehicle. GB plates are an absolute must in the entire EU, and make sure your car is fully MOT’d and serviced before taking it anywhere.
– Drive safely. Respect the other countries road rules, and try not to draw unwanted attention to yourself in the event of being caught out for a minor mishap you never expected…
Safe driving this summer from Britannia!
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