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Three in five British drivers are known to travel abroad without properly checking their insurance cover, so what is the chance that they will check to see if they have proper legal protection in place?

According to Britain and Europe’s leading legal expenses insurer DAS, driving without legal protection (usually added on to a motor policy by insurers or brokers) will leave Britons at a severe disadvantage in a no-fault or disputed crash. Abroad, problems can multiply, yet some policies do not cover you from the minute you leave British soil.

DAS legal advisers say:

· Do not to rely on the ‘Green Card’ alone. Extend full UK car insurance throughout Europe, taking your certificate of insurance with you

· Ensure legal protection extends to Europe and covers all passengers

· Familiarise yourself with the European Accident Statement before travel

· Check with motoring organisations about conflicting rules on compulsory, advisory or prohibited items including fuel cans, fluorescent jackets, spare bulbs, spare spectacles, fire extinguisher, warning triangles, torches and first aid kits (laws vary by country)

· Finalise adjustments such as headlight conversion and apply GB sticker (if not incorporated within number plate) prior to embarkation.

“Every year, thousands of Britons find it difficult to adapt to continental driving habits and road conditions”, says solicitor Rhian Gait-Parker, Advice Manager for DAS. “They will make it worse for themselves without legal cover. Our teams of legal advisers are on hand 24 hours a day for millions of British policyholders. We can help before, during or after a problem arises.

“There is no use hoping that a solicitor will assist you with a foreign claim on a no-win no-fee basis, or that they will want to tackle an uninsured or missing driver: they won’t!”

The chance of a serious accident is up to five times higher whilst driving on the continent compared with the UK, especially away from motorways. Greece, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Ireland are deemed the most dangerous countries for motorists.

All motor legal protection policies from DAS, such as DASDrive Plus, extend across Europe, covers all occupants of the vehicle, and are supported by 24-hour helplines. In the event of an accident, DAS will pursue a claim on your behalf.

If convicted abroad, new laws allow greater exchange of motorists’ details across Europe that could affect your right to drive in the UK. Exercising your right to testify in your native language or coping with unfamiliar procedures and surroundings may prove difficult without proper legal advice. Check before you pack to ensure you have trouble-free summer holidays!

* Exceptionally heavy traffic is predicted by French government roadwatch organisation Bison Futé for every summer weekend until the end of August, with the highest ‘black’ alert for the Saturdays of 28 July and 04 August.


April 2007

For further information please contact either:

Martin Francis, Albion International Communications, on:
Tel: 020 8668 3074
Mobile: 07748 96 76 84


Allan Jarrett, Communications Officer, DAS on:
Tel: 0117 934 2060


Paul Jacobs, Marketing Communications Manager, DAS, on:
Tel: 0117 934 2061

DAS Switchboard: 0117 934 2000

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