Check your car battery, tyres and engine before setting off on Bank Holiday trips, warns breakdown service

Bank Holiday Breakdown
Bank Holiday Breakdown

BATTERY problems, punctures or engine faults will be the biggest causes of misery for North West drivers expected to break down this Bank Holiday weekend.

National breakdown provider Green Flag predicts that a staggering 7,500 flat or faulty batteries are expected to cause drivers havoc over the weekend, with one puncture per minute to take place on Britain’s roads.

Green Flag has revealed the data in the hope of encouraging people to check their cars before they travel to give families the best chance of getting to their destination no matter what.

However, there are still some events that will be caused by a moment of absent-mindedness.

Nine drivers every hour will lock their keys in their car and six drivers every hour will fill their tank with the wrong fuel.

According to Green Flag, the most common causes of early May bank holiday breakdowns between Saturday and today are :

Flat/faulty batteries (7,512)

Punctures /wheel change (3,630)

Engine faults (1,605)

Locking keys inside car (663)

Clutch problems (620)

Using the wrong fuel (467)

Nick Reid, head of rescue at Green Flag, commented: “During the bank holiday weekend, families across the country will be getting in their cars to make the most of the extra time off, so it’s no surprise that a high number of breakdowns occur.

“However, the majority of these breakdowns are avoidable if people take the time to check their cars and ensure everything is in working order.

“Before setting out on the road, check your water and oil level and make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure and there’s no discernable wear on them.

“If it’s been a while since your vehicle’s last service or you’re contemplating a long journey, have your local garage check your brakes and test your battery. It’s better to take preventative action before you set off, than add delays to your holiday with an unwanted breakdown.”

Mr Reid said the most basic step was walking around the car looking for any signs of potential trouble before you set off.