Former Service Personnel to Complete 8,000 Mile Charity Road Trip across Europe

It all started with a Facebook conversation between two friends brainstorming ways in which they could raise money for their chosen charities. From here, the idea has now grown and grown and has led to an exciting and charitable reality. When Lance Corporal Paul Newland and former Wren Fiona Laing thought up the idea of the “Race for Freedom”, an 8,000 mile trip across Europe for charity, they never imagined just how incredible the support they received in response would be.  Continue reading

The Driverless Car – An Exciting Concept!

Although to many of us the idea of an autonomous car may still seem like an extremely futuristic idea, we seem to be seeing driverless cars more and more often in the headlines of late. If you’re a technology fanatic then you will no doubt already be aware that the Government have made announcements that we will be seeing the driverless car on the UK’s roads by as early as January of 2015. Continue reading

European Road Trip Essentials

Whether you’re planning a visit to German castles, journeying to French museums, stopping at Italian wineries or embarking on a full-blown Eastern European adventure, planning a road trip to the Continent takes a lot of preparation. Some people might be put off by all the planning a road trip requires, but here at Breakdown Direct we see cars as the perfect vehicle to discovery and freedom. Travelling by car means that you can see much more of a country than you would on a conventional holiday, and it’s often much more economical than travelling by public transport, planes and ferries. If you want to see for yourself, we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare. Here are five key things that we wouldn’t go on a road trip without. Continue reading

A Quick Guide to European Breakdown Cover

As a motorist, you’ll be fully aware of all the on-going costs you need to fork out to keep your car on the road, from fuel to tax, servicing to MOTs to insurance. We know that these costs have a nasty little habit of mounting up. It can be tempting to think of breakdown cover as just another inflated expense – one which can, conveniently, be skipped. But the truth is, it’s one of the essentials, however onerous you find forking out for it. No matter what car you have, or how well you look after it, you can never guarantee that your vehicle won’t breakdown. Continue reading

The Most Reliable Cars of 2014

Reliability is one of the most important aspects of a car to consider. Not only does it help to lower insurance but it also gives you a sense of safety and security. A reliable car is one that you can enjoy for many years with minimal costs towards maintenance and repairs. We’ve gathered some of this year’s most reliable cars from a range of surveys to give you an idea of the best makes to buy. Continue reading

Visit the Home of Conchita Wurst – Places to Visit in Austria on Your Driving Holiday

Popularly known as ‘The Bearded Lady’, Conchita Wurst recently bagged the winning title of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 for Austria with a powerhouse ballad, ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’. If you’re inspired to check out Conchita’s home country then there are some amazing sights to see in the beautiful alpine land of Austria this summer. Continue reading

The Hidden Cost of Comparison Sites

A lot of people now use comparison sites to purchase their breakdown cover: last year, 30 million quotes were supplied, and four out of ten motor policies were bought through comparison sites.

If we don’t buy through them, we at least use them to see whether or not the price we’ve been quoted seems fair. We have a tendency to manipulate our findings into regulatory standards of fairness, awarding those who come out on top with our custom – but who regulates the regulators? Who ensures that their quotations are accurate? That we pay what we think we’re signing up to pay?

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