Travel News | 12 Breakdowns Expected Every Minute This Summer | Andover & VillagesAs families across the country get ready to embark on the start of their summer holidays, leading breakdown cover provider Green Flag predicts* that a staggering 12 breakdowns every minute are expected to occur over the first week of the school holidays alone, causing disruption on the roads of the UK.

The changeable weather forecasted for the end of July and August, with heatwaves and downpours expected, is set to cause problems for motorists across the country. 11,355 drivers are set to experience issues with their tyres, while 1,683 drivers will experience issues with their breaking systems. A further 839 will be delayed thanks to running out of fuel or misfueling.

The weather will also have an ill effect on other parts of the vehicle, with a further 12,328 motorists falling foul of flat or faulty batteries and 6,955 drivers set to face issues with their engine.

With the cost of fuel on the rise, drivers across the UK are also having to dig even deeper as they look to explore Britain this summer on their ‘staycations’.

While those travelling in London will experience the most expensive petrol top-ups (130.6 p for Unleaded and 134.1p for Diesel), those travelling to Liverpool will have the least to pay for Unleaded (124.9 p), and those travelling to Leeds will have the least to pay for Diesel (129.5p);

Unleaded Prices by City

Price

London

130.6 p

Southampton

129.9 p

Glasgow

128 p

Sheffield

127.9 p

Birmingham

127.8 p

Nottingham

127.5 p

Newcastle

127.3 p

Manchester

126.9 p

Leeds

126.7 p

Liverpool

124.9 p

Diesel Prices by City

Price

London

134.1 p

Southampton

133.4 p

Glasgow

131.4 p

Nottingham

131.3 p

Sheffield

131 p

Newcastle

130.7 p

Birmingham

130.6 p

Manchester

130.3 p

Liverpool

130.1 p

Leeds

129.5 p

Audrey Boyd, Head of Customer Solutions at Green Flag, commented: “As families across the country get ready for the start to the summer holidays, it’s anticipated that there will be a high number of vehicles on the roads, with Brits looking to get away during the first week of summer.”

“At Green Flag, we want to ensure that drivers stay safe and enjoy the perfect start to their summer holiday plans. While the changeable weather is expected to create issues, many of the problems that drivers are likely to encounter are avoidable if vehicles are checked before embarking on a long journey.”

In order to help motorists improve their fuel economy, Green Flag has put together the following top ten tips for drivers this summer;

1. SLOW DOWN

Keeping your speed down can reduce the fuel consumption of the engine. Your car’s handbook will tell you what the most fuel-efficient in-town and out-of-town speed is for you.

2. LOSE CAR WEIGHT

Avoid carrying any unnecessary weight in the car as heavy loads put more strain on the vehicle, leading to higher fuel consumption.

3. FIND THE SHORTEST ROUTE

Taking the trouble to find the shortest route to your destination can make the journey more economical.

4. CUT THE AIR CON

Running the air conditioning increases the car’s fuel consumption. So, if you want to save fuel and money, keep it to a minimum where possible.

5. CLOSE THE WINDOWS

Open windows and sunroofs create drag, which means that you won’t travel as far per litre of fuel.

6. SHARE JOURNEYS

By sharing journeys with friends and colleagues the overall fuel consumption can be reduced.

7. MULTI-TASKING SAVES MONEY

One long trip is more fuel-efficient than several short ones, as a cold engine uses more fuel than a warmed up one.

8. SHOP AROUND

Check out the difference in prices charged by garages in your local area. Prices can vary, especially if you’re a high mileage driver who fills up regularly. Avoid filling up at motorway service stations, as their prices tend to be higher.

9. CHECK YOUR PRESSURE

Checking tyre pressure regularly not only improves the safety and performance of the tyres, it also keeps the car running at the optimum fuel efficiency.

10. SMOOTHLY DOES IT

Try to drive as smoothly as possible and maintain a steady speed. Braking and then accelerating regularly will reduce the number of miles per litre the car can clock up.

Common Summer Breakdown Causes

Total

Percentage

Battery issues

12,328

10.4%

Tyre related issues

11,355

9.6%

Engine issues

6,955

5,8%

Clutch problems

3,839

3.3%

Alternator problems (e.g. car stalls or has difficulty starting)

3,644

3%

Brake issues

1,683

1.4%

Keys (lost, broken, stolen)

1,528

1.3%

Running out of fuel or misfuel

839

0.7%

 

For more information about how to make sure your car is road-ready, visit www.greenflag.com.

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