Driving holidays: Car crash claims abroad could ‘spike’ in weeks as trips expected to rise

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Driving holidays in foreign countries could surge as motorists look for safe and convenient ways to secure a trip outside the UK this year. However, experts at car insurance experts Admiral have urged road users “to be prepared” by taking key documents and learning local rules. 

They warn that different driving laws can “cause stress for the unprepared” which could increase the risk of suffering a car crash. 

Admiral has urged road users to ensure they are prepared “in case the worst happens” and drivers suffer an accident abroad. 

Lorna Connelly, Head of Claims at Admiral, said drivers should learn the basics “before getting behind the wheel in a foreign country”. 

She said: “Different driving laws, unfamiliar road layouts and signs in foreign languages can cause stress for the unprepared, increasing the risk of having a road accident. 

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Over the past two years, almost a quarter of all claims for crashes abroad happened in August. 

A total of 23 percent of claims took place in this month compared to just 15 percent in July. 

In shocking news for those hoping to travel abroad, Ms Connelly has warned there could be a “spike in UK drivers being involved in accidents”. 

She said: “[The higher claims are] likely because more people go on holidays in the summer months. 

Breakdown policy documents and travel insurance forms should also be packed in case of an emergency. 

First aid kits, red warning triangles and reflective jackets are legal requirements in some countries so must also be packed. 

Drivers may also need emission stickers and permits to drive in some European cities which may need to be purchased weeks before a trip.

Headlight converter stickers and GB bumper stickers are also required if travelling outside of the UK. 

However, GOV.UK has warned that the rules for driving, passport, European Health Insurance cards, pet travel and more could change from 1 January 2021 when the Brexit transition period comes to an end. 



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