Thursday 21st April 2011
Be Wiser Insurance

With many more motorists taking their cars on holiday with them it is worrying that many are forgetting even the most basic preparations and this could land them in trouble with foreign police.

A recent motor insurance survey has revealed that more than half of all Britons are leaving themselves open to a brush with the local constabulary when driving abroad.

Despite GB stickers being compulsory in Spain and France only around six out of ten drivers remember to take one, says the motor insurance poll. Spare lights and reflective clothing are also compulsory in Spain, but more than a quarter of holidaymakers forget to pack them.

The UK is also fairly certain of its priorities, with almost 90 per cent remembering their pack lunches, but less than three quarters remembering their first aid kits and less than two thirds their warning triangles. Both of the handy devices are compulsory for drivers in many EU countries, say motor insurance firms.

"It seems that we need to do a bit more research about European destinations before we travel," said a motor insurance spokesman.

"By omitting to pack the required safety equipment, people could find themselves facing unnecessary fines if they get stopped by the police abroad."

In a worst case scenario, some EU police forces are even empowered to impound holidaymakers' cars and leave them at the side of the road, say motor insurance firms.

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