Motorists urged to use ‘extra caution’ this Christmas or risk invalidating car insurance

Martin Lewis warns viewers about drastic car insurance changes

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The RAC are warning that this week could be the busiest Christmas on the roads in five years with an estimated 27 million car trips this week. They are estimating that around 5.3 million journeys will be taken on Christmas Eve, which has been dubbed “Frantic Festive Friday”.

With millions set to hit the roads in the coming days, drivers are being warned of some rules which could break Highway Code rules and invalidate car insurance.

Motorists risk invalidating their car insurance by loading their car with presents, especially if they block the back window or block the driver’s vision.

Rules 200 to 203 outline that drivers should be able to clearly see the road and be able to check for pedestrians, cyclists or obstructions by using all of their mirrors.

If the boot is filled up with gifts or luggage which blocks the view of the back window, drivers should be extra cautious.

Any accident caused could lead to a charge of “careless driving” and the insurer may not pay out for damage or industry caused.

Nicholas Shaw, Director of Operations at Dayinsure, warned drivers of the potential consequences they face this Christmas.

He added: “It’s not unusual for people to borrow a family car over Christmas, or even to hire a car for a short period of time, and that means that they’re potentially driving a vehicle they’re not familiar with.

“This alone should encourage some extra caution, but when you add winter weather conditions, busier roads, merry passengers and a very full boot into the mix too, there really is a greater risk. 

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“It’s incredibly important that people ensure they have the insurance cover they need, and that they’re also aware of the Highway Code rules and are adhering to them.

“It’s clear that simple things such as driving in a Santa suit or not securing luggage can create a distracting environment, which could lead to an accident. 

“While we certainly don’t want to be seen as ‘the Grinch that stole Christmas’, it may be best to leave the majority of your festivities for when you’re safely parked up at home!

“A fine, a court appearance and a driving ban are never a good way to start a new year.”

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