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11 Breakdowns A Minute Expected As Heatwave Hits Over Bank Holiday Weekend
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With temperatures set to soar this bank holiday weekend, leading breakdown cover provider Green Flag is urging drivers to check their cars, as it predicts that up to 47,000 car breakdowns will occur from Saturday to Monday. This equates to staggering 11 breakdowns every minute.

Green Flag is expecting a 17 per cent increase in UK callouts as families across the country set out to take advantage of the long weekend in the sun.

After the past two months of unpredictable weather, this weekend, the roads are set to be full of sun seekers. However, a combination of tyre related issues, potholes in the road and faulty batteries are set to cause problems for 552 drivers every hour.

Simon Henrick, Head of News at Green Flag said:
“With the hot weather returning for the bank holiday weekend, it’s important to be wary of the strain that the heat can put on several key components in vehicles, and on the roads itself.

“At Green Flag, we want to ensure that motorists stay safe and enjoy their bank holiday, without any interruptions. We’re expecting a 17 per cent increase in callouts due to the hot weather, however, many of the problems that drivers are likely to encounter are preventable if vehicles are inspected before a long journey. This becomes even more important in the hot weather conditions.”

The breakdown cover provider is also expecting a 29 per cent increase in breakdowns in Europe as families set out to make the most of the long weekend and school’s half term break.

In order to help drivers reach their destinations safely, Green Flag has issued a number of common sense tips to stay safe in the hot weather.

Green Flag’s Common Sense Tips To Reduce Risk Of Breakdown In The Heat:

Make sure you have lots of coolant - A common cause of engine overheating is low coolant. To avoid this, drivers should make sure the radiator is full of coolant, and that it has the correct mix of antifreeze and water
Make sure your coolant isn't past its sell by date - Coolant has a lifespan, and once it's over it it's not any use. Coolant that is past its sell by date will cause more harm than good. It may leave deposits in the car’s engine and radiator that can lead to poor coolant flow
Turn off air con when driving at slower speeds - When driving at slower speeds drivers are advised to turn off the air conditioning and roll down the windows. When driving below 50MPH, engines have to work harder to pump out cool air and could run the risk of burning excess fuel
Don't overload your vehicle - When heading out in hot weather, cars often get overloaded with luggage and other items, but to help avoid breakdowns, drivers should limit the amount they pack. Overloading the car boot means the car has to work harder and will use more fuel

Most Common Breakdown Issues

Battery issues - 16%
Tyre related issues - 10%
Engine issues - 7%
Clutch problems - 4%
Fuel issues (running out or misfuel) - 3%
Alternator problems (e.g. car stalls or has difficulty starting) - 3%
Keys (lost, broken, stolen) - 2%
Brake issues - 2%

For more information go to www.greenflag.com

11 Breakdowns A Minute Expected As Heatwave Hits Over Bank Holiday Weekend, 26th May 2018, 9:02 AM