21 cars will break down every minute this Bank Holiday

Car breakdownThe late May Bank Holiday is upon us and a mass exodus of the British public is already underway. Not everyone will have an easy journey, however. Recovery provider Green Flag expects more than 153,000 cars to break down this weekend.

That number equates to 21 breakdowns every minute between Friday and Tuesday. An increase in accidents is also expected, with more than 84,000 forecast. In total a 25 percent increase in road incidents is expected over the coming days.

“The late May Bank Holiday always sees a surge in the number of cars on the road, as drivers take advantage of warmer weather and the last three-day weekend for three months,” said Simon Henrick at Green Flag.

“Green Flag, is encouraging drivers to reconsider travelling outside the peak hours on Friday and Monday, and to stay tuned-in to weather and traffic forecasts ahead of hitting the road. If you’re planning a longer journey, check your vehicle thoroughly and get plenty of rest beforehand. Likewise, stay safe while driving and make regular stops along the way.”

Check your car before driving

Car and tow truck

Before setting out this weekend, check around your car –  including its fluid levels, tyre tread and light bulbs. Make sure you’ve got breakdown cover and keep your mobile phone charged up, with the number of your recovery provider programmed in. Take a map as back-up, too – not everywhere in the UK has phone reception.

If a breakdown does happen, you’ll be thankful for a red warning triangle and plenty of snacks. Given it’s due to be a hot weekend, pack plenty of water, as well as a good supply of sun cream.