With many families busy planning an Easter break this month, an Irish roadside assistance company is encouraging parents to do some forward planning before they hit the road.
The Sandyford-based company, Allianz Global Assistance, is recommending that drivers take a few precautions before they set-off for their Easter getaway, minimising the risk of a motoring breakdown along the way.
Roland Hesse, the Country Manager for Allianz Global Assistance said: “Many families are planning to use their car to get to and from their Easter break destination this month, either by ferry to the United Kingdom or France or via the motorway network to the country. It’s important to properly prepare for the whole journey, to prevent a stressful start or end to the holidays.”
Allianz Global Assistance offers tailored travel insurance and roadside assistance packages, including: insurance and protection against lost or stolen luggage, repatriation due to illness, medical and hospital expense coverage when abroad and reimbursed fares for unforeseen events.
“Many people fear being left stranded if their car breaks down abroad, so to reduce the risk, check and, if appropriate, adjust tyre pressures. Drivers should take a few minutes to do some simple checks, such as water and oil levels.”
Hesse added: “If you have roadside assistance cover already in place, remember to have the phone number of the assistance provider stored on your mobile phone, with a copy stored in the glove compartment.”
DRIVING CHECK LIST: EASTER MOTORING
– Check the battery in your car the night before you depart, especially if you haven’t used the car in a few days.
– Check that all bulbs are in good working order.
– Check that your spare tyre is in good condition
– Check oil and water levels
– If you’re travelling with a heavier load (due to extra luggage), adjust tyre pressures according to the handbook
– Make sure bike racks, tow bars and roof racks are all securely attached
– Pack the car well, ensuring bags or loose items won’t slide around your boot or backseats.
– Avoid packing above the line of the seat backs, so the driver can maintain a clear view to the back window
– Leave easy access to your spare tyre, just in case you get a puncture along the way.
Bring details of your roadside assistance and travel insurance cover with you and store important telephone numbers in your mobile phone (keeping a copy in your glove compartment).
Tips for driving in France and the UK
Allianz Global Assistance Ireland recommends that motorists invest in a good road atlas, plan your route in advance and familiarise yourself with the rules of the road.
Some French rules of the road:
– Driving with dipped headlights is compulsory in poor visibility
– Your driving licence, car insurance and log book must be in the vehicle at all times
– Fluorescent jackets are a legal requirement and must be kept in the passenger part of the car and not the boot
– Children under 10 are not allowed travel in the front seat