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Vehicle breakdowns expected to rise by 33% this Bank Holiday

Traffic and Travel

Published at 7:01am 3rd May 2019.

Breakdown's expected to increase over Bank Holiday weekend

  • 22 breakdowns will be reported EVERY MINUTE over the next 5 days.
  • Green Flag claims there will be 161,445 breakdowns across the UK between Friday (May 3) and Tuesday (May 7).
  • It's as more of us are expected to hit the roads for family days out.

Green Flag is predicting that 22 breakdowns will be reported EVERY MINUTE between today (Friday, May 3rd) and the day after the Bank Holiday (Tuesday May 7th).

That adds up to a total of 161,445 breakdowns on the UK's roads over the break, with another 88.854 incidents like shunts and damage meaning drivers needing recovery too.

The rise is expected as more of us get on onto the roads for family days out.

Traffic jam A303 - traffic queue - tailback - facing east 2 (Mike Draper)
Breakdowns can bring traffic congestion for other road users

Simon Henrick at Green Flag said:

"The May Bank Holiday is a busy time on the roads as families venture off for the weekend on often lengthy car journeys, meaning congested roads and longer journey times This can put a strain on both those travelling and their vehicles.

"At Green Flag, we want drivers to minimise the stress of their journey, stay safe when driving and avoid breakdowns. Several problems can be prevented by a thorough inspection of your vehicle before setting off on a long journey."

Car breakdown
There's advice to keep ourselves safe from breakdowns

OFF OUT OVER THE BANK HOLIDAY? MAKE SOME CHECKS FIRST:

The breakdown firm has given us a few 'common sense' tips on how to stay safe on the roads this weekend - they include:

  1. Walk around the car and look for any signs of potential trouble, especially tyres and lights
  2. Check tyre pressures, and that a spare is 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 water and snacks in the car, in case you get stuck for a long time
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