Car insurance warning to UK motorists driving abroad

British drivers are taking a risk with their car insurance by not observing motoring regulations when they are driving abroad, suggest a new poll.

A survey by insurer Sheilas Wheels revealed that 33 per cent of drivers think that the driving rules and regulations in Europe are the same as in Britain. More than half of the people who were polled said that they had driven in Europe without carrying a warning triangle, which is compulsory in France, Belgium and Germany .

Most insurers provide cover for driving in Europe, but policy holders are required to notify them before setting off and failure to do so could lead to their fully comprehensive UK policy being diminished to third party .

Jacky Brown at Sheilas’ Wheels car insurance said: “It is vital that motorists understand the basic rules and regulations for driving on foreign roads and be fully prepared by planning their journeys, carrying the essential equipment and giving their car a maintenance check before setting off.”

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