European Breakdown Cover
European Breakdown Cover is something that we’d always recommend you consider taking out and is a policy to cover your vehicle in the event of a breakdown whilst travelling in a foreign country.
There are a whole range of different breakdown polices currently available which vary considerably from company to company.
To find out more about what to do if you breakdown in France, please click on the link which will take you to our page specifically on breakdowns.
If there’s one thing we want to make you aware of before you read on is that breakdown recovery in France is very similar as in the UK apart from one major difference. In the UK recovery companies such as the AA and RAC will happily recover you from motorways. In France however they do not have this option. As the Autoroutes in France are run by individual companies, breakdown agents such as the AA and RAC are not permitted to recover people from them. Instead you will have to use the roadside phone and recovery to a safe place will be arranged by the Autoroute designated company. You will then be charged for this with the rate dependent upon the time of day.
Although policies will vary the general purpose is that if you breakdown whilst in France your policy allow your vehicle to be either fixed at the roadside or taken to a nearby garage where it can be fixed.
Some policies also will help cover the cost of labour, parts and a replacement vehicle under certain circumstance so choosing the right policy to meet your needs is extremely important.
Why Buy European Breakdown Cover
Purchasing European Breakdown Cover for your trip to France is of course a decision that only you can make.
However with dedicated European breakdown cover, you will benefit from the same features as you would with a police in the UK allowing your car to be fixed at the side of the road, at a local garage or even arrange for it to be transported back to the UK in worst can scenarios.
We can only recommend why it’s a good idea but we’d like to paint a picture for you! Imagine that your car is fully packed and you’ve just landed in France after catching the ferry from Dover to Calais.
You’ve decided to travel down to the Dordogne for a family camping holiday and you’re currently just to the south of Paris on one of the National roads with 6 hours driving left. All of a sudden your car starts to judder and then without notice it stops and you slowly come to a halt by the side of the road. Your car is fully loaded, you’ve got two young children in their car seats in the back, it’s a hot summers day and you done speak French fluently.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
If you don’t have European Breakdown Cover this is where you start to wish you had! If you’ve been sensible enough to get a policy before you travelled, this is where your preparation is justified.
All you need to do is to call the emergency breakdown telephone number. The majority of companies provide English speaking operators so that you don’t have to struggle with the language barrier. They are trained to find out where you are and to quickly and professionally dispatch a recovery agent to your destination to help you.
There are a whole variety of different companies that offer European Breakdown Cover including The AA, RAC, Green Flag, Start Rescue and many banks also provide services through specific bank account extras.
One thing you Must do however is to read the small print! European Breakdown cover is an insurance policy and as such will have specific terms and conditions written into the policy. No two policies are the same and you therefore have to ensure that the level of cover offered by the policy meets your needs including to make sure that the police will cover you for the countries in which you will be driving.
Many of the companies we’ve mentioned are well known rescue companies and have had years of experience in their field. Some policies will seam expensive and others will appear cheap but cheap European Breakdown cover is sometimes as good as the are expensive policies.
If you’re going to France on holiday or any other part of Europe, please make sure that you save yourself some stress, anxiety and hastle by getting a suitable European Breakdown Cover police to meet YOUR needs and requirements.