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Caravan users told to check their insurance coverage before travelling

Friday 26 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Caravan users told to check their insurance coverage before travelling

Caravan users told to check their insurance coverage before travelling

Caravan owners are being urged by the AA to ensure they have the right insurance cover before heading out on a roadtrip this summer.

A large proportion of motorists are unaware that trailers and caravans aren’t covered automatically on a number of policies, leaving them vulnerable – particularly when in foreign countries.

In 2015, more than 72,000 new caravans were registered in Europe – a 6.2 per cent increase over the previous year.

Caravan owners are urged to check they have the right documents before hitting the road. These include a full driving licence, insurance certificate and an international driving permit. If you’re driving a leased or hired vehicle, you’ll need a VE103 form as well.

Each country has its own legislation regarding vehicle insurance, so it pays to research what these laws are before travelling to the country in question. You may also be required to carry items such as breathaysers or high-visibility jackets depending on the region you are in.

Motorists should also check with their insurers and breakdown coverage providers before any trip

Stuart Thomas, head of fleet services at the AA, said: “With so many people taking their cars abroad now, it is essential to ensure that you have the right cover for your trip. This means checking both the vehicle being covered and the countries to which your policy applies. The last thing you want on your adventure is to be stuck at the side of the road or facing an unplanned recovery bill – because anything can happen.

“If in doubt, give your breakdown provider a call in advance of the trip and they will usually be able to get your details checked and amended within a matter of minutes.”