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Drivers warned ahead of breakdown surge over bank holiday weekend – how to avoid problems


New research from LV= Britannia Rescue predicts a record number of complex breakdowns as cars aren’t prepared for longer journeys. Around 30 million staycations are set to take place before the end of the year, which could have a large impact on cars, many of which have not been used as much in the past two years.

Due to longer journeys, broken-down drivers are recovered 75 percent further away from home on the Bank Holiday weekend.

New data from the breakdown provider highlights that the August bank holiday is consistently the busiest bank holiday weekend throughout the year for breakdowns.

Generally, the weekend shows a 10 percent increase compared to the rest of August.

The top vehicle faults include cars failing to start (35 percent), a tyre change (16 percent) and cars unexpectedly cutting out (six percent).

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In addition, motorways that see the biggest increase in breakdowns on the summer bank holiday are the M5, with the M25, M1, M6 and the M4 also being frequent routes for breakdowns.

Henry Topham, Managing Director of LV= Britannia Rescue, said: “As many of us prepare to hit the road this weekend it’s important to check your car over before setting off.

“If you’re not a regular driver, you can keep battery issues at bay by turning the engine over or taking a drive around the block until your vehicle is up to working temperature.

“Being prepared for a breakdown is also really important and we recommend packing plenty of water and refreshments, a high-factor sun cream and games for the kids.


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“Other essentials like a first aid kit, power bank to charge your phone, road map as well as a sat nav, and an empty fuel can will also come in handy.

“Ensuring you have the right cover in place to protect yourself in case you do breakdown is also important and we’ve been working hard to prepare ourselves for what we expect will be an extremely busy weekend.”

LV= have also given drivers advice before they set off for their summer staycation.

The first tip is to check the tyre pressure when they are cold, referencing the car logbook to check how inflated they should be.

LV= say that drivers may want to add a little extra air if they are travelling on motorways for long periods of time.

Whilst checking the pressure, motorists should inspect the tyre tread too, as this is vital for a safe journey, especially in wet conditions.

Checking the spare tyre is also vital before setting off, just in case anything goes wrong.

Motorists are also advised to monitor engine coolant levels to make sure it does not overheat, which could cause a breakdown at the roadside.

Similarly, oil levels need to be checked, especially if the car has not been used in a while, there could be sludge from old, used oil and topping up with fresh oil will just mask the problem.

Before setting off, the windscreen should be checked as a chip could be extremely distracting, especially as it could turn into something serious and costly.

The wipers should also be checked as streaking across the windscreen could also be very distracting.

Testing all the lights, from brake lights to indicators, is also vital.

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