Alternator, battery, flat tyre and misfuelling are the classic holiday breakdowns. They may not be serious, but they can throw cold water over your summer mood.
This is what you have to look forward to:
- Breakdown service:
This service is regulated on French motorways, rest areas, tolls and exits included. Only an approved company is authorised to intervene. You can contact them using the emergency phone terminals, or by dialling 17 (police emergency number) from your mobile phone. The vehicle is towed to the garage of your choice (5 km from the motorway exit). How much will it put you back? € 130, which goes up to € 195 in the evening and at weekends.
If you need to be towed outside a motorway, contact your insurer by following the details on your green insurance card (obligatory on-board document). If you’ve taken out breakdown assistance, you’ll be guided through the whole process.
The garage confirms that the alternator has given up the ghost. It’s late on a Wednesday afternoon. He orders the part and will receive it on Friday. You won’t be able to pick up your car until Monday evening at the earliest. You decide to stay in the vicinity while waiting for the repairs: 5 nights in a hotel at € 80.