Britons taking risks with vehicles when travelling abroad: IAM

12.00 | 28 July 2014 | | 2 comments

More than a quarter of those who take a car or motorbike into Europe on holiday will do so without having their vehicle checked or serviced, according to a survey by the IAM.

The findings come from an online survey of more than 1,300 people who have either taken a European driving or riding break in the last two years, or are considering doing so.

The survey also found that 78% of respondents feel that regulations about the equipment they have to carry in Europe have become more complicated in recent years.

43% of respondents said they favour France as a riding/driving holiday destination closely followed by Spain and Germany.

In contrast to the findings about vehicle checks, 85% of respondents said they always travel with full breakdown cover and full medical cover.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “It is vital that your car or bike is in good condition to cope with the distances and demands of European driving.

“The roads will be unfamiliar so it is essential your brake pads, lights and tyre pressure levels are all in proper working order. Simply don’t leave yourself open to the risk of an unnecessary breakdown or even an accident.”


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    Every day, across the media, brings yet more reports, advice, analysis to the point I wonder not only how many people are employed to generate this largely useless (and often patronising) guff but also how many people are left to do real work, with real products and services for real customers and clients.

    Tomorrow – “Remember, after you breathe in, remember to breathe out”. Or vice versa of course, from the President of the Department of the Bleedin’ Obvious.

    Idris Francis Fight Back With Facts Petersfield
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    I would like to see a comparative survey done for vehicles used for general travel and commuting within the UK. I’m sure the number of alleged “risks with vehicles” would be greater than when preparing to travel abroad. Traveling a long way from home will prompt most to ensure everything is in good working order. I know I do – and that goes for local trips too. Most incidents occur within 100yds of home.

    Derek Reynolds, Salop.
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