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Check your car insurance before travelling abroad

29 July 2008 / by Rachael Stiles
As school's out for summer and families pack up their cars ready to cross the channel, NFU Mutual is urging them to make sure their car insurance protects them against catastrophe.

As flying becomes more expensive with the rising cost of fuel, more and more Brits are opting to take to the open road and drive abroad instead, with France and Spain being the most popular destinations.

Just in case something goes wrong on the road, NFU Mutual is recommending that drivers check their car insurance policy before they travel in order to see what they're covered for.

"It is important that you check your car insurance when you travel overseas as there is often a limit on the number of days that you are covered for." said NFU Mutual spokesperson, Laura Wood.

She recommends choosing an insurer that provides ample days of cover for their holidays. "This offers real peace of mind and means that you can tour the continent safe in the knowledge that you are insured." she said.

"Driving on unfamiliar foreign roads can be a tricky business but it is important that you also check whether you are covered in the event of an accident or theft."

NFU also suggests that drivers take a few other precautions before setting off on their travels.

Other things motorists should do include topping up oil, water and windscreen wash, ensuring that all bulbs are working, the tyres are in good condition and are inflated to the correct pressure, that the windscreen is free of chips, the paperwork is up to date – such as MOT, car insurance and tax – and NFU recommends European car breakdown cover for complete peace of mind.

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