Home' Open Road NSW Central Coast and Hunter : OR1116 Contents NEVER TRAVEL WITHOUT IT
It’s something you hope you never have to use, but travel
insurance is one of the most important things you can take
on your holiday.
If things go wrong and you neglected to take out travel
insurance before you left, the costs can be very high. On the
low end, a lost suitcase can cost you $200. At the high end,
a hospital stay in New York can cost you several hundred
The NRMA’s General Manager of Travel, Michael Betteridge,
says medical bills from some countries can be a shock to
families. “ We have the comfort of Medicare to look after us,
but should something happen when you’re overseas, you’re
reliant on that country’s own medical system,” he says.
“ This is why it’s so important that travellers take out
travel insurance. The costs of overseas care can bankrupt
people. It’s simply not worth the risk.”
Things can go wrong, too, when travelling domestically,
so Michael also advises taking out cover before you set off
on your Australian holiday.
“ People sometimes forget about insurance because it’s
local but it’s a smart thing to do. You don’t want to ruin your holiday.
Not only do you protect your belongings, you get peace of mind.”
BEFORE YOU GO, MAKE SURE YOUR INSURANCE COVERS:
n Access to a 24/7 medical assistance line, which you can call for
help any time of day and no matter where you are in the world.
n Unlimited medical care costs if you are injured or ill overseas.
A hospital stay in the US can cost up to US$10,000 per day, so
this is essential.
n A special premium if you plan on riding a motorbike or skiing/
snowboarding while you’re overseas.
n If you have travel insurance and you’re hiring a car, your travel
insurance already covers you for that payment upfront.
n Help to rearrange your travel plans during an emergency.
n Valuable support if you are injured or ill overseas, which can
be very stressful for both the person in hospital and their travel
companions. A medical assistance team will help explain the
medical system and approach to medical care in your location.
They will provide much-needed support and advice in a country
where you don’t speak the language and don’t have access to
your support network of family and friends.
NRMA Members can purchase NRMA travel insurance by calling
1300 292 803 or visiting mynrma.com.au/travelinsurance.
EQUAL ACCESS TO MOBILITY
According to Transport for NSW, despite
Indigenous Australians making up two per cent
of the eligible driver population, only 0.5 per
cent have their driver’s licence. In NSW alone,
this means that over 12,000 Aboriginals and
Torres Strait Islanders aged 17 to 24 could have
a driver’s licence but don’t .
The NRMA’s vision is for Indigenous Australians
to have equal access to mobility and the
opportunities it brings. Back in 2014, the NRMA
used an FIA road safety grant to fund professional
lessons, safer driver courses, licence fees and
training for NRMA Members to supervise extra
logbook hours. The NRMA is now seeking to
continue this work through the Indigenous Leaner
Driver Mentor Program.
We also know that obtaining a driver’s licence is
an important step for refugees in the first stages of
settlement and the NRMA has committed to piloting
two refugee learner driver mentor programs – one
in Sydney’s west (Fairfield) and another in
Wollongong. Being able to drive can make it easier
for refugees to find employment and participate in
many other aspects of community life.
See the next edition of Open Road for a full report
on this important work the NRMA is undertaking.
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ROAD TRIPS BECKON with summer
upon us, but before you even think
about getting behind the wheel, make
sure your car is roadworthy. Flat
batteries, worn brakes and a lack of oil
can ruin your annual holiday and, more
importantly, can compromise your
family’s safety. So now is a good time
to check your car in for a service,
before the end-of-year rush.
NRMA car servicing can ensure your
vehicle is performing at its optimum
level. It can also identify faults before
they become problems through an
Essential Service – an interim service
that can be done outside of your car’s
logbook service. It includes a 40-point
safety check, oil change (synthetic
fortified), oil filter replacement, fluid
check and top-ups, battery condition
check and report, brake clean, and a
car wash (not available at Wollongong).
Until January 31, 2017, you can save
$50 off your next service at one of our
22 car service centres in NSW and the
ACT. To book, visit nrmamotorserve.
com.au or call 1300 726 561.
Don’t risk a $10K a day
hospital bill in the US.
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