Rugby Fans Urged To Check Insurance

Travel insurance is always a necessity for any foreign holiday but people planning a road trip to Paris for the Rugby World Cup final this weekend have been urged to check that they are properly insured.

Tens of thousands of English rugby fans are expected to flock across the Channel to watch the final between England and South Africa in Paris on Saturday and, according to insurance provider NFU Mutual, many will drive.

The company said it is important for travellers to clarify what they are covered for when using roads in a foreign country.

Laura Wood of NFU Mutual said: "As people frantically book up the remaining Channel crossings in the hope of seeing their team lift the trophy for a second time, insurance is probably the last thing on their mind.

"However, driving on unfamiliar foreign roads can be a tricky business. It is important that you check whether you are covered in the event of an accident or theft whilst you drive through France."

British drivers should also ensure they have a 'GB' sticker or an EU symbol on their registration plate and only travel if their car has front and rear seatbelts, which are obligatory in France.

Gallic drink driving laws are more stringent than those in the UK and dictate that blood alcohol level must be less than 0.5mg/ml, compared to 0.8 in Britain.

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