Breakdown cover provider Green Flag is predicting a turbulent Easter on roads across the UK, including a 12 percent increase in the number of incidents over the Bank Holiday weekend.
That adds up to around 160,000 breakdowns, and almost 90,000 incidents, including accidents. All due to happen between 18 April and 22 April. It equates to 22 breakdowns every minute.
This, as motorists take to the roads in their droves on Easter trips. From family visits to short holidays, or just day-trips to just take advantage of the sunshine, there are plenty of reasons to hit the road this weekend.
“The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is one of the busiest times of the year on our roads and heavy traffic is inevitable, particularly with the predicted warm weather,” commented Simon Henrick at Green Flag.
“This can mean drivers fall into bad habits or find themselves commuting in congested conditions.
“It is vital drivers get plenty of rest before any trips and make sure they’re taking regular breaks throughout their journeys. Many families also head overseas for the long weekend, so it’s important they make sure they’re fully prepared and aware of local laws, weather conditions and processes in case of any issues.”
Green Flag has assembled some common-sense tips for staying safe on the road this weekend. Condensed down, they fall into three categories.
First, car checks: your tyres, lights and fluids. Check everything is in the condition it should be.
Second, provisions. Have a road map, fully-charged phone, red warning triangle and, perhaps most importantly, water and food.
Thirdly, make sure you’ve got breakdown cover and the contact for it is easily accessible if the worst happens. All of the above should stand you in good stead if your car comes a cropper this Easter.