With alcohol prices rising and money problems giving everybody a hard time, the temptation to set off on a booze cruise is stronger than ever. A booze cruise is, essentially, a trip to mainland Europe (normally France or Belgium) to purchase alcohol at a discounted rate. Although this is a very tempting way of saving a few pennies, there are some risks to be aware of, to avoid having to make a travel accident compensation claim.
How can I avoid a booze cruise mishap?
The booze cruise can open you up to a series of potential hazards. Follow our tips to make sure you stay clear of danger:
- Know the rules – A booze cruise, typically, involves taking a car or van abroad to be stocked up with alcohol before being driven back, via ferry. Driving on foreign roads can be a dangerous game, with the laws and general driving styles somewhat different to what you may be used to. For example, in France it is a legal obligation to have a safety triangle and a high visibility coat or jacket in your car at all times in case of a breakdown. Also, there is the fact that you will be obliged to drive on the other side of the road, which can be tricky to remember, particularly at night, and can lead to potential dangers at roundabouts and junctions, possibly causing travel accidents.
- Know your insurance – Most car insurance policies will only cover third party damage when out of the UK. This can lead to much cost and stress in the event of a road traffic accident.
- Don’t overdo it – Although savings can only be truly appreciated when buying in bulk, it’s important to remember not to overdo it. You are free to bring back as much alcohol as you desire for personal use from the EU, but bringing vast quantities back may lead to suspicions that you intend to sell the products in the UK. As a rule, anything over 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine or 10 litres of spirits will attract attention. It also worth remembering that tobacco products can also attract suspicion.
- Be careful – Leaving a car full of purchased goods can tempt thieves. Be sure to park in safe locations or, if possible, avoid lengthy stops.
The booze cruise can be a great way to save money and enjoy a short trip away from home. But, be sure to stay safe to make the event a pleasurable one.