21 vehicle breakdowns expected EVERY MINUTE this Bank Holiday

21 vehicle breakdowns expected EVERY MINUTE this Bank Holiday

Published at 9:29am 24th May 2019.

3 minute read

Recovery firm Green Flag is bracing itself for a busy few days - and they've got advice to drivers.

They're predicting a 25% increase in the average number of breakdowns and incidents between today (Friday May 24th) and Tuesday morning (May 28th).

That adds up to a total of 153,845 breakdowns on the UK's roads, with another 84,463 incidents like shunts and damage meaning drivers needing recovery too.

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 late May bank holiday always sees a surge in the number of cars on the road, as drivers take advantage of warmer weather and the last three day weekend for three months.

“Green Flag, is encouraging drivers to reconsider travelling outside the peak hours on Friday and Monday, and to stay tuned-in to weather and traffic forecasts ahead of hitting the road. If you’re planning a longer journey, check your vehicle thoroughly and get plenty of rest beforehand. Likewise, stay safe whilst driving and make regular stops along the way.” 

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


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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