Dutch holidaymakers kept auto association busy
During the summer vacation period, more than 35,000 cars required roadside assistance or a tow back to the Netherlands.
The Hague – The ANWB emergency centre provided assistance to seven percent more Dutch tourists on vacation abroad than last summer, the auto and travel association announced Tuesday.
While the emergency centre assists members for a variety of reasons, including accidents and illnesses, the growth was mainly due to an increase in car and caravan breakdowns.
During the 2009 summer holiday period, more than 35,000 cars required roadside assistance or a tow back to the Netherlands.
The largest number of calls came from vacationers in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
Most notable were problems with (automatic) transmissions, brakes and head gaskets, especially in Alpine countries.
Many cars were heavily packed in addition to towing a trailer in mountainous regions, and traffic jams made the problems worse, according to the travel association.
“It requires a lot of the car, and the skills of the driver,” the ANWB said in a press release.
The emergency centre deployed 3,000 rental cars – a record number – in Europe to help vacationers stranded along the way.
The increase in vehicle-breakdown assistance was expected, said the association. The economic crisis meant more Dutch would spend their holidays at home or in Europe, and would therefore travel by car.
ANWB is a Dutch service association similar to AAA in the United States or RAC in the United Kingdom.