Travel insurance: Car hire warning for travelling Brits

Monday, 19 June 2006

British motorists are being warned over hiring inadequate cars when they travel abroad, as they could face hefty on-the-spot fines if they're involved in breakdowns and do not have the correct equipment.

Cars on the continent must have a red warning triangle and reflective vests in the boot, but a recent survey of car rental offices in Mediterranean resorts found that two in five cars did not have the required registration documents and equipment.

The survey, conducted by EuroTest, found that many of the worst offenders were smaller local companies, but that even larger multinational companies were at fault.

Drivers who hire cars which are faulty abroad and break down without the correct documents could find themselves with a big fine, as well as those who are involved in an accident.

Experts suggest shopping around to make sure your car hire firm has adequate equipment and documentation before you sign for the car.

Travellers should also not forget their travel insurance – which is essential when trying to keep costs down. If you lose your valuables or even become injured in an accident, foreign medical costs can be astronomical.

Therefore Britons are being urged to check for a quick insurance quote online and to shop around for the cheap travel insurance deals.

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