Three-in-five drivers 'don't have breakdown cover'
Three-in-five drivers do not have breakdown cover, according to recent research.
While most new cars have it as part of the deal, I'd say the figure is far more representative of older motors - which, ironically, need cover more.
The research is published by easytrip who, it has to be said, have a vested interest in highlighting it.
That's because they - or rather 'easyAssist' - are bringing in a new recovery and assistance service here.
They are quoting prices from as low as €3.99 a month.
The research suggests drivers who don't have breakdown cover are relying on their vehicle insurance policy to protect them if something goes wrong.
However, the researchers claim there are downsides to that, too, in that it can be a costly exercise.
That can be the case, especially as claims have helped to fuel premium increases of around 70pc since 2013. As well as that, some insurers have cut benefits on motor policies, while others don't do breakdown assistance at all or any more.
The new service is linking up with breakdown assistance and recovery specialists nationwide. Cars and small vans are covered.
They say the experts resolve 80pc of breakdowns on the spot.
These can range from battery charge; punctures; refuelling; wheel change; home start assist and so on.