A recent poll by Be Wiser Insurance discovered that nearly two-thirds (58%) of British motorists don't know if they are covered to drive in the EEC, or believe that they are not covered.
Only 42% knew they are covered to drive in the EEC by default – even if it is only with reduced cover.
Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
"We'd always recommend talking to your insurer or broker before setting out across the channel - whether that's to inform them of your intention to drive abroad or whether it's to improve your cover. While most of us are covered to drive in Europe in one way or another, it probably isn't to the level you might feel comfortable with. It's well worth considering adding comprehensive cover to your policy as well as legal protection."
It's not just adequate cover you need to worry about while driving in Europe however. There are a handful of other requirements, depending where you'll be driving.
These can range from having and displaying high-visibility jackets in the back pockets of the front seats to carrying a breathalyser in your car, which is a requirement in France.
Mark Bower-Dyke continues:
"Just like having adequate insurance, making sure you've got all the legal requirements in your car covered is equally important. Once you've got that sorted there's not much else to do except enjoy the sun!"