More people driving as travel insurance loopholes appear

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Association of British Travel Agents has stated that more people are opting to travel abroad by car in response to perceived problems with travelling by plane.

This recent increase in people opting to travel by ferry comes in response to the Heathrow Terminal 5 fiasco, where the confusion and general discomfort led many to opt for a different mode of transport in order to avoid possible problems in the future.

However, the information also comes in light of the fact that many people did not manage to claim back money for lost luggage, delayed departure or missed departure on their travel insurance policies.

The problem was confined to travellers who had bought their travel insurance after the problems at Terminal 5 had become public knowledge. The small print of the policies will always state that the traveller will only be covered for certain events if the policy was purchased before problems such as public disturbances or strikes were made public.

Many people who lost luggage at Terminal 5 were unaware of the loopholes in their policies and felt cheated as a result, but the advice is to always read the small print.

As a result, the decision to take to the road is becoming more popular and, according to the research, 1 in 10 British people are thinking about driving to Europe this year, with a further 32% thinking about going on holiday in their caravan, which is an increase on previous years and suggests that people are no longer prepared to put up with problematic flights.

However, it is still worth remembering that ferries can be missed as well and an adequate insurance policy is essential for any trip, no matter where you are travelling to or by what means.


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