Thousands of breakdowns expected on 'back to school Monday'

Thousands of breakdowns expected on 'back to school Monday'

Published at 1:53pm 4th January 2019. (Updated at 1:59pm 4th January 2019)

The masses head back to education next week and the quiet mornings will be long forgotten.

As many of you prepare to go to work or take your children to school on Monday (7th January), you're being urged to check your cars before you travel.

Breakdown cover provider Green Flag predict tens of thousands of vehicles will break down throughout the day. 

They expect an 11.1% increase in incidents on the 7th, with around 28,981 breakdowns and 6,373 flat batteries set to cause havoc on the roads for motorists.

TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

  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 levelsand 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 triangleat 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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USEFUL WINTER WEATHER TIPS

  1. Check your speed and use gentle driver inputs - even if the roads have been gritted they're likely to be slippery.
  2. Give more warning than usual to other drivers - when turning, stopping or changing lane.
  3. Keep plenty of distance between cars - you never know when you'll hit an icy patch. If you pass the same landmarks as the car in front of you within three seconds, you're following too closely.
  4. Check whether your car has ABS anti-lock brakes. In the unlikely event that it doesn't, pump the brake pedal slowly to prevent the wheels locking up and skidding.
  5. Be extra-wary of black ice. It's an invisible danger that can catch out even the most careful driver.
  6. Approach corners at a steady speed, in as low a gear as possible. Don't touch the clutch unless it's absolutely necessary, steer smoothly and avoid braking on bends.
  7. Make sure all passengers are wearing seat belts.
  8. Ensure you're familiar with your car's ventilation system to prevent windows from steaming up. Air conditioning will keep windows free from mist and condensation.
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