Britons travelling overseas without serviced transport, study shows

UK travellers are driving abroad without serviced transport, IAM has found.

Over a quarter of UK travellers are taking a car or motorbike into Europe without having their transportation serviced, a new study has found.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ (IAM) findings highlight the dangerous attitude of UK drivers abroad, with the group warning that expensive repair bills could await those who do not carry out proper checks.

IAM’s survey found that 78 per cent of respondents believe regulations regarding vehicle equipment have become complex, indicating that more education is needed on the matter.

Unforeseen circumstances (33 per cent) and cost (17 per cent) were cited as the two biggest disadvantages of embarking on a driving or riding holiday.

IAM’s survey found that 44 per cent of those on a riding or driving holiday drove, while 22 per cent rode or drove from the UK. Some 41 per cent said they prefer to drive their own car on holiday.

Despite the worrying findings, 85 per cent of respondents always travel with full breakdown cover and medical insurance, highlighting that people are taking the correct precautions for their health and safety overseas.

Motorists need to be wary of the language barrier when it comes to travelling abroad, along with the local traffic laws. If drivers educate themselves before leaving the UK, they will significantly reduce their chances of having an accident.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: “A breakdown is inconvenient at the best of times, but to have that occur while on holiday is even more upsetting.

“Even with comprehensive travel insurance, there will be huge disruption to your holiday if you have a breakdown – and factoring in the extra expense of getting your car or bike back to the UK.”

Mr Best went on to say that it is vital that a car or bike is in “good condition” to cope with the demands of European driving.

He warned that unfamiliar roads make it essential for brake pads, tyre pressure levels and lights to be in proper working order.

  • On: 24 July 2014
  • By: CarShop

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