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Is Your Car Ready For The Bank Holiday?
Checking tyre pressure - photo by State Farm
As drivers prepare to hit the roads and enjoy the early May bank holiday weekend, Green Flag is warning that 43,000 breakdowns will cause chaos on Britain's roads, with 10 breakdowns taking place every minute.

Over 9,700 battery breakdowns are expected to occur along with 4,400 tyre-related and 2,900 engine-related issues causing delays and disruptions. 2,300 Brits will put the wrong fuel in their tanks while 900 will lock keys in their car.

Most common causes of breakdowns:

Battery-related incident (9,800)
Tyre-related incident (4,400)
Engine (2,900)
Fuel-related issues (2,400)
Clutch issue (1,600)
Alternator issue (1,300)
Keys lost/locked in car (900)
Wheel (580)
Fuel pump issue (520)
Immobiliser (360)

The data should encourage people to check their cars before they travel to give them the best chance to make the most of their time off.

Nick Reid, head of automotive technology at Green Flag, commented:
"We don't often get days off work so we want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the early May bank holiday to the fullest and not be stuck on the side of the road.

The roads will be extremely busy, so it's no wonder that a high number of breakdowns are predicted to take place, however, the majority of these breakdowns are avoidable. We're expecting a breakdown every 10 minutes, so are urging people to ensure their car has been fully checked before hitting the road."

In order to give Brits travelling over the bank holiday the best chance of getting to their destination no matter what, here are some hints and tips on how to avoid and prepare for breakdowns before you set off on the road:

Checking oil - photo by Highways England
Walk around the car and look for any signs of potential trouble, especially tyres and lights
Check tyre pressures, spare included
Check all fluid levels and top up if necessary
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
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
Keep some coins or a phone card in the car in case you need to call for help and there's no mobile phone signal
Make sure your phone battery is topped up - think about buying an in-car charger just in case you need it
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
Carry a red warning triangle at all times

For more information about how to make sure your car is road-ready, visit www.greenflag.com
Is Your Car Ready For The Bank Holiday?, 29th April 2017, 10:30 AM