Know Before You Go - Road Safety Campaign

Posted by Sue Anderson, 1st Aug 2012

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Road Safety Campaign is to make British drivers aware of a variety of scams aimed at tourists driving abroad, particularly in Spain and Portugal.

British holidaymakers planning on taking their cars abroad need to be alert on motorways, both while driving and taking a break.

British-registered cars and hire cars provide an easy target for gangs who use a variety of scams with the aim to distract while bags and belongings are stolen from their vehicles. Some of the tricks used include loud bangs, apparent accidents or vehicle breakdowns and pretend requests for help in motorway service areas.

Some advice offered includes separating your valuables into different places in the car, keep bags and jackets in a locked boot. If you need to stop and pull over, lock the vehicle and stay close where you can keep an eye on it. For more guidance on avoiding the 'highway pirates' and general advice on driving abroad visit the FCO website.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have produced the following leaflets for driving abroad -

Driving safely and avoiding roadside scams in Spain

Driving abroad
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