With families across the country preparing to hit the roads this weekend as the October half term begins, breakdown cover provider Green Flag is urging drivers to prepare and stay alert on roads this weekend.
The start of the half term means there will be an influx of cars on the roads as kids break up from school and families head off for short breaks. As a result, Green Flag is forecasting 84,500 call outs and 54,500 breakdowns between Friday (18th) and Sunday (20th) alone*. This equates to 13 breakdowns every minute over the course of the weekend.
Simon Henrick at Green Flag, commented: “The October half term always sees more cars on the roads as families head off on a well-earned autumn break. However, as a result, the roads will be busier than usual and a high number of breakdowns are predicted to occur, hence we’re urging drivers to ensure their vehicles are road-ready before embarking on long journeys.
“Many breakdowns are avoidable if proper care is taken of your vehicle, both before and during a journey, so it’s important to conduct a thorough inspection of your car before leaving home and staying vigilant on the roads when driving.”
In order to stay safe ahead of half term, Green Flag have released the following common sense tips:
- 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
- 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
- Always keep some warm clothes, a rug and some chocolate in the car in case you get stuck in cold conditions for a long time
For more information about how to show your car some love, visit: www.greenflag.com