13 Breakdowns expected EVERY MINUTE this weekend

With
families across the country preparing to hit the roads this weekend as the
October half term begins, breakdown cover provider
Green Flag is urging drivers to prepare and stay alert on roads this weekend.

The
start of the half term means there will be an influx of cars on the roads as
kids break up from school and families head off for short breaks. As a result,
Green Flag is forecasting 84,500 call outs and 54,500 breakdowns between Friday
(18th) and Sunday (20th) alone*. This equates to 13 breakdowns every minute
over the course of the weekend.

Simon Henrick at Green Flag, commented: “The October half
term always sees more cars on the roads as families head off on a well-earned
autumn break. However, as a result, the roads will be busier than usual and a
high number of breakdowns are predicted to occur, hence we’re urging drivers to
ensure their vehicles are road-ready before embarking on long journeys. 

“Many breakdowns are avoidable if proper care
is taken of your vehicle, both before and during a journey, so it’s important
to conduct a thorough inspection of your car before leaving home and staying vigilant on the roads when
driving.”

In
order to stay safe ahead of half term, Green Flag have released the following
common sense tips:

  1. Walk
    around the car
    and look for any signs of
    potential trouble, especially tyres and lights
  2. Check
    tyre pressures
    , spare included
  3. Check
    all fluid levels
    and top up if necessary
  4. Make
    sure you have breakdown cover
    . If you’re
    travelling abroad make sure your cover extends to your trip away. If it
    doesn’t, you may need to arrange separate cover
  5. Keep
    a road map in the car
    so you’ll be able to explain
    where you are when you call for help. Don’t rely on the map on your phone
    – you won’t always have signal
  6. Make
    sure your phone battery is topped up

    – think about buying an in-car charger just in case you need it
  7. Have
    the number for your emergency breakdown provider handy

    – you’ll usually find it on your policy certificate so you could keep this
    in the glove box
  8. Carry
    a red warning triangle
    at all times
  9. Always
    keep some warm clothes, a rug and some chocolate in the car

    in case you get stuck in cold conditions for a long time

For more information about how to show your car some love,
visit: www.greenflag.com

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