Drivers could be fined and issued penalty points for travelling this bank holiday weekend

Morning Live: Expert shares tips on car insurance

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Experts at Veygo have warned drivers making their first long journey after lockdown could travel without the right insurance policy in place. Many drivers may have cancelled their agreements over lockdown to save money on vehicles they were not using.

However, with the distractions of the pandemic, road users could have forgotten to renew their cover leading to devastating consequences.

Gunnar Peters, CEO of Veygo has urged drivers to check their cover before heading out.

He said there is usually an “increase” in short-term policies taken over the Spring Bank Holiday as drivers desperately secure cover for their trips.

He said: “After spending months in lockdown, people will no doubt be looking forward to a weekend away or to visit friends and family to make the most of the bank holiday with lockdown restrictions easing.

“For many motorists, this could be the first time they’re getting behind the wheel for a long journey in months.

“Although last year was spent in lockdown, in previous years we’ve seen an increase of almost 25 percent in the number of short-term insurance policies taken out over the Spring bank holiday weekend.

“We’re expecting to see this figure rise again this year as people have also changed their driving habits during the pandemic, choosing to sell their own car, so may be planning to borrow a car from friends or family.”

Meanwhile, those travelling on business-related journeys must make sure they have a Social, Domestic, Pleasure and Commuting policy or a Personal Business use agreement in place.

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Over the pandemic, the ABI confirmed insurance classes would no longer be relevant to allow drivers to travel freely.

However, this temporary tweak came to an end on 30 April meaning drivers must cover their car for work trips or could face heavy penalties.

“If you’re planning to head out on the road this weekend, it’s vital to have the right cover in place.

“Driving without, or with the wrong kind of insurance could see you hit with six penalty points and a £300 fine, and it’s definitely not a risk worth taking.

“You can get temporary cover for as little as an hour, so there’s no need to worry about setting up a long-term agreement.”

Mr Peters has weaned drivers with fully comprehensive cover may not always be covered to drive a different vehicle.

This could be an issue when sharing the driving responsibilities on a long journey.

Even if drivers are covered, he warns this would only be third party cover meaning damage on your vehicle may not get fully repaired.

He has urged drivers to consider short-term or specialist cover to ensure they are protected from any incidents. 

He added: “If this is the first time you’ll be travelling a long distance in a while, or if you’re planning to use a car you’re unfamiliar with, then it’s also important you’re well prepared.

“Planning your route ahead, checking the position of the seat and mirrors and taking regular breaks are all good ways to set you up for a smooth journey.”

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