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How to prevent and deal with a breakdown abroad

Now that the Olympics have come to an end, there is to be an expected surge in people travelling abroad in pursuit of a ‘sizzling September.’ A driving holiday in Europe is a good option for those wishing to get away, allowing you to visit and explore different places at your own pace rather than be isolated on a beach somewhere. If you’re unlucky enough to have a breakdown abroad, it can be quite a scary set of circumstances – especially if you’re not fluent in the language of the country you’re in.

You must make sure you have adequate insurance before you go that will prevent you being saddled with hefty bills if you do break down, and will mean you won’t end up stranded for several hours. Therefore, you need to make sure the policy you take out covers most eventualities. If your vehicle can’t be repaired at the side of the road, you and your passengers may require transport and even an extra night’s accommodation until it can be fixed. QDOS European Cover provides a comprehensive package for European breakdown cover, which should ease any nagging doubts therefore allowing you to enjoy your holiday with minimum stress and inconvenience.

 Whenever you drive abroad, it’s important to carry your full driving licence with you (plus its paper counterpart if you have a photocard licence), together with the full details of your insurance policy – especially the number if you need to call for assistance.

Keep an eye on the dashboard when driving to check if fuel is running low, and check whether the car is making any strange noises or vibrations. If so, it’s worth stopping to check if anything’s wrong, or seek advice where you can.

Should your car break down, pull your vehicle over to the side of the road. You then need to warn other motorists by making sure your side lights are left on together with your hazard lights. Everyone should exit the car from the passenger’s side door, away from the oncoming traffic, and stay safely at the side of the road. It’s wise to leave a passenger door open so you can quickly get back in the car if you’re feeling unsafe – however this should be a last resort, as being hit by oncoming traffic is the most significant risk if your car breaks down. If you are travelling with pets, then in most cases it’s safer to leave them in the car, making sure the windows are open and they have enough ventilation. Once help has been called for, wait safely at the side of the road until a recovery engineer arrives.

So don’t let a breakdown ruin your holiday, be prepared and take the necessary precautions.
 

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