Green Flag has predicted 72 punctures will happen every hour on UK roads next week as motorists hit the road for a half-term getaway.
The company says dead batteries, punctures, and even engine failures will be the most common breakdowns over the February break – with 175,000 drivers expected to be left stranded.
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Clutch problems and failed starter motors are also likely to cause issues – and nearly 2,000 of us are expected to lock our keys inside the car. A further 1,405 will refuel using the wrong fuel.
Green Flag’s head of rescue, Neil Wilson, said: “During the February half term, the roads will be extremely busy with families across the country making the most of the extra time off so it’s no wonder that a high number of breakdowns are predicted to take place. However, the majority of these breakdowns are avoidable if people take the time to check their cars and ensure everything is in working order.
“We want to ensure that people get to enjoy their much-needed break and encourage them before setting out on the road, check that your tyres are the correct pressure and legal tread depth and check your water and oil level. It would be good to ensure that you have a spare tyre just in case. If your vehicle has not been serviced in while and you are contemplating a long journey, have your local garage check your brakes and test your battery.”
The warnings follow news that many drivers are driving with illegal tyres because they can’t afford to change them or simply can’t find the time.
Green Flag has recently launched an ‘Alert Me’ system which uses a device plugged into your car’s diagnostics port. This detects possible issues and alerts the breakdown company, who then forward the warning onto the owner via SMS or the official app.