Vehicle breakdowns this summer could affect 700,000 motorists

One breakdown every five seconds has been predicted by a UK recovery company

 

According to Green Flag, every five seconds a driver in the UK is going to become the victim of a vehicle breakdown, which equates to 700,000 motorists having to deal with a broken down car at some time during this summer.

The UK recovery company believes that coolant-related breakdowns will reach their peak in the last week of July, predicting 122 breakdowns per day, which means that every 12 minutes a driver in the UK is going to come to a standstill.

During the next few weeks, Britain is set for high temperatures and sudden showers. For this reason, Green Flag is predicting that overheating, coolant issues and running out of fuel could leave many motorists in total chaos.

One breakdown every five seconds has been predicted by a UK recovery company

Vehicle breakdowns this summer could affect 700,000 motorists © Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

The best way to try and avoid a breakdown this summer is to prepare your vehicle for the unpredictable weather we suffer from here in the UK.

School holidays are now upon us, meaning many families will be looking forward to a summer holiday – more cars on the road does however mean more traffic jams on UK motorways.

Before setting off on any journey, first check the fuel and coolant levels, then ensure the tyres are filled to the correct pressure with no obvious wear on them.

If you’re embarking on a long car journey, don’t overload your vehicle and make sure you have plenty of drinks on board just in case you do break down, or hit traffic jams.

According to experts, driving at less than 50mph with your vehicle’s air conditioning on does make your engine work harder, so the best advice is to try and avoid using your air conditioning too much, especially if you’re driving slowly in congested traffic.

Data gathered by Green Flag shows that 3,300 cars will break down this summer because of a lack of fuel, caused by a combination of slow driving in heavy traffic, over-using the air conditioning but mostly from a lack of forward planning.

Engine-related issues account for 436,000 breakdowns during the summer months, followed by tyre-related issues (64,000), flat battery (53,700), keys left locked in the vehicle (10,000) and coolant (6,400).

Ensure you have plenty of coolant and that it’s in date – out of date coolant can do more harm than good.

 

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