People planning on taking a holiday and driving abroad this bank holiday weekend have been urged to do all they can to protect themselves from the inconvenience of overseas car trouble.
Consumer finance portal Find.co.uk stressed that one of the most important checks for drivers to carry out relates to insurance.
Foreign use and European breakdown cover may not have been a priority for many people when they took out their insurance, the site states, but it describes comprehensive cover as "essential" for people who intend to use their vehicle abroad.
All modern motor insurance providers include cover to comply with EU laws in their policies, according to Find.co.uk.
However, those customers who want the peace of mind of being fully insured if they encounter problems are advised to check that their policy contains a foreign use clause.
"Whatever your overseas motoring plans this summer, make sure you are covered for all the countries you intend to visit and against the eventuality of a breakdown," said Karen Marsden, marketing director at Find.co.uk.
Some customers will have foreign use cover included in their standard policy but others may need to purchase it as an additional option.