RAC warns drivers not to become a ‘breakdown statistic’ by not performing basic checks sooner

With less than a fortnight until most schools are out for the summer, the RAC believes many vacations could be ruined by breakdowns, as eight out of 10 drivers don’t routinely check their cars before setting off on long trips.

New figures from RAC Breakdown* show that only a fifth of UK drivers (17%) regularly check that their vehicles are ready for long journeys, while a quarter (24%) admit they never do, and the remaining 60% only do it sometimes, dramatically. increasing the risk of breakdowns and incurring expensive garage bills.

The findings, released on the first National Check Your Car Day, have prompted the RAC to warn drivers not to risk making the most expensive summer in history on the roads even more costly by not checking a car’s oil and coolant, along with the condition and pressures of all tires.

With pump prices at record levels, the cost of every summer road trip will be more expensive than ever, so it’s vital that drivers don’t make matters worse with an avoidable breakdown.

It’s also true that summer is the only season where drivers are suddenly demanding more from their cars than ever before, with vehicles traveling much longer distances than normal and potentially towing as well. This means that the chances are higher that those who haven’t had a little TLC lately will break down, potentially spoiling any part of the long-awaited summer break.

To get drivers ahead of the curve ahead of the holidays and to reduce the chances of their vehicles being wrecked, the RAC is launching the first Check Your Car Day today, Saturday, July 9. Using online advice from RAC’s expert patrols on how to avoid a breakdown, the initiative aims to get as many drivers as possible to check their vehicles this weekend, in the hope of identifying any problems soon enough to fix them. before the big summer getaway.

The RAC expects to deal with around 350,000 breakdowns between now and the end of August, most of them due to problems related to tires and batteries. Although some of these cannot be avoided, for example, punctures, many of them can be, provided that the preventive advice of the RAC failures is followed.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Every summer, tens of thousands of drivers end up broken down on the side of the road because their cars let them down; that’s a lot of people whose summer plans fall apart. Add in the rising cost of living and the fact that this summer will be the most expensive in years due to record fuel prices and it’s obvious that unplanned repairs and hefty garage bills will be the last thing on most drivers. they will want .

“The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Our patrols regularly go out to drivers who have broken down because they didn’t check their tires or take a quick look under the hood. Nothing could be more frustrating for someone desperate for a summer vacation than realizing their nervous breakdown was avoidable, but this is an image we see all too often every summer.

“Today’s National Check Your Car Day is all about turning things around and increasing the odds of a break-free summer trip for drivers. Following the advice of our patrols takes only a few minutes, but it could really make the difference between an uneventful trip and one that involves waiting on the side of the road for a patrol van or worse, a flatbed recovery truck.

“Our message to drivers is very clear: don’t let your well-deserved rest be ruined by a breakdown, and don’t make this year’s expensive summer even more expensive by having to take your car to a garage. But in the event that something unexpected does happen, it is also vitally important that drivers have the right level of breakdown coverage to deal with the situation.”

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