Latest update: 05 November 2020
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have an impact on all of our lives, we want to provide everyone with regular updates on the following:
- What to do if you’re still driving regularly
- How to buy cover
- What to do if you break down in the UK
- Any changes to our service
- Our European cover
Please make sure you read all the sections that apply to you.
Updates for anyone still driving
The Department For Transport has some important advice for anyone travelling again, including watching out for more pedestrians and cyclists than usual, and limiting time spent at petrol stations. We recommend reading their advice here.
They also have some useful advice on how to wear (and even make) a face covering, to help you stay safe outside. Read that guide here.
If you’re planning on using your vehicle regularly for the first time in a while, please read and follow our latest car maintenance advice here. This will help make sure your vehicle is safe to drive and functioning at its best after sitting idle.
Looking to buy breakdown cover?
To get cover in the UK, or across the UK and Europe, please visit this page.
If you’re looking to buy cover in Europe only, please read the ‘Important update on European cover’ section further down this page. Once you’ve read that, you can get cover here.
What to do if you break down in the UK
The safety of our customers and staff remains our top priority, so we’ll continue to help you if you break down.
However, there are some steps we’ll need you to take, depending on your situation.
If you’re self-isolating at home due to potentially having the virus, or because someone in your home has shown symptoms, we can only help you after your isolation period is over.
Once your isolation is over, use the advice below, depending on your situation when you break down.
If you break down in a safe place (such as at home or not on a motorway)
If you break down in a safe place, we need you to use the free Green Flag app to arrange your rescue, if you can. Due to changing circumstances, we’re likely to experience long delays on our phone lines. So, the app is the quick and easy way for you to get our help.
If you break down on a motorway or when towing something
If you’ve broken down in a potentially more dangerous location, such as on a motorway, or if you’re towing something, please do not use the app. Instead, call us on 0800 400 600.
Any customers with Business breakdown cover or an Excess policy should also call us on 0800 400 600 if you break down.
Changes to our service when you break down
To maintain social distancing and keep customers and technicians safe, if we can’t fix your vehicle at the roadside, we may not allow you to sit inside the recovery vehicle.
Instead, you may be asked to remain in your own vehicle while it’s being towed or transported. Don’t worry, our technicians will make sure you’re safe as you travel.
To make sure you get wherever you need to go, we’ll take you to a safe location where you can access public transport or have someone you know pick you up. Depending on your cover level, we’ll cover any public transport costs, and once you’re safe, we’ll take your vehicle to a different location if required.
An important update on European cover
First and foremost, before you travel or purchase any European cover from us, we need you to check the GOV website for the latest advice.
We’re still able to offer you cover across Europe, but there are some temporary limitations as we work within the guidelines set out by different countries.
There are no cancellation fees if you purchase Single-trip or Annual Multi-trip European cover. So, if you do have to cancel your trip and your cover, you won’t be out of pocket.
Due to varying local conditions, we may not be able to offer you the same quality of cover we usually provide across some European countries. But, we will continue to try our best to help you quickly and effectively, wherever you are.
Any customers who already have European cover, don’t worry, you’re still covered. This is the case for any customers with an active Single-trip European, Annual Multi-trip European, or Euro Plus policy. However, remember to always check the latest Government advice before travelling.
If you’re an NHS worker and you take out a new breakdown policy with us, we’ll give you a discount for the first year of your cover. It’s our way of saying thanks for all the incredible work you do.
To find out more, please visit our NHS offer page.
MOTs and car care
If your car, light van, or motorcycle required an MOT between 30 March and 31 July, you will have had a six month extension to your MOT. You’ll need to make sure you’ve arranged your MOT before the end of that extension.
If your vehicle is meant to have an MOT after 31 July, you will need to get an MOT as normal. You can find out more about MOTs on the GOV website.
Whether your MOT is coming up or not, it’s very important that you always look after your vehicle. Thankfully, garages are open for maintenance and repair work.
We highly recommend visiting our servicing, maintenance and repair partner Who Can Fix My Car to find a local garage that’s open for business. Their network of garages is the largest in the UK, and they are in constant communication with the entire network to keep their website up to date.
There are some simple steps you can take to look after your vehicle, while it’s not on the road as much as usual. Read our guide here to find out more.
Also, rest assured that we’re here to help you and your vehicle if you do break down.
Plans for the future
We’re closely following Government and WHO guidance, and monitoring the situation. While the future is full of unknowns, we’ve put together contingency plans to help with any potential challenges.
We’re also making sure our technicians have the latest official Government advice as soon as it’s available. This is to ensure they can work in the safest way possible for themselves and for our customers during the pandemic. I’m incredibly proud of our staff who work around the clock to help our customers, whatever happens.
Keeping all our customers and our staff safe, 24/7, was our priority before this pandemic, and it will stay our priority throughout it and beyond.
For advice on how to prevent a breakdown, or how to stay safe during one, our quick guide is a handy read.