Well, the ups and downs of COVID life are continuing this week, with a sudden severance of the air bridge between the UK and Spain, leaving plenty of brave Brits who had decided not to just lose their holiday deposit and risk their time overseas well and truly buggered, with a mandatory 2-week quarantine in place, without even so much as a moment’s notice (well, five hours to be exact, but it’s still not enough to actually do anything about).
How that will work out for those whose jobs are in a precarious spot already, we don’t know. But we do understand that if you’d paid for your holiday at the start of the year, the insurance companies or travel firms weren’t going to just give you your money back just because you weren’t quite sure if it was still a good idea to go. So of course, people have gone and are now up the creek without a paddle and there are rumours that there is a possibility that France and Italy might also be next for the severing of air ties.
This in turn is causing worried people to cancel their holidays already and lose what they have paid. It sucks. But what does this have to do with car insurance, I hear you ask?
Well, the news is that many of us are looking at alternative options for travelling this year, and one alternative option that people are considering, instead of jumping on a plane is to drive themselves. Of course, there are staycations galore happening this year, with people opting for the great British seaside or countryside as an alternative to going abroad, but it seems many of you are planning on taking your car overseas instead of hopping on a plane.
Breakdown companies are reporting a 100% increase in European cover policies being taken out as it seems us Brits are not content with the drizzle of Dorset or the louts in the Lakes.
And if you are one of the hordes who are taking a driving holiday abroad, please check with your insurer to make sure you are adequately covered. Failing to do so and having an accident could be very costly, with the price of a roadside assistance visit in France costing as much as £700 without the correct insurance cover. But that’s just small change compared to Sweden or Romania, where the costs can be as much as £1400 and up. (And that’s before the cost of any repairs are added).
And finally, don’t forget your roadside kit if you are going overseas, including headlight adjusters if you need them (most modern cars now adapt automatically), and a full accident and hazard kit. And it goes without saying, make a calculated decision about whether to go at all. If cases of COVID are quickly rising where you are planning to visit, and you know you are at risk of losing your job if you are forced to quarantine when you come home, then maybe it’s just not worth it.
Whatever you do, safe travels.