Six Bank Holiday motoring breakdowns and 10 ways to prevent them

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As we reach the first May Bank Holiday of the year, Green Flag has revealed an estimated 31,000 breakdowns will take place between Saturday and Monday.

In that figure, 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.

And they have also predicted that unbelievably, nine drivers every hour will lock their keys in their car and six drivers every hour will fill their tank with the wrong fuel.

Nick Reid, head of rescue at Green Flag, said: "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 is no surprise that a high number of breakdowns occur."

The most common causes of early May Bank Holiday breakdowns on the road are:

1) Flat or faulty batteries

2) Punctures

3) Engine faults

4) Locking your keys inside your car

5) Clutch problems

6) Using the wring fuel

But in order to give you the best chance of getting to your destination without any hiccups, Green Flag have offered some advice as well as 10 top tips.

Reid added: "Before setting out on the road, check your water and oil level and make sure your tyres are at the correct pressure and there is no discernible wear on them.

"If it has been a while since your vehicle’s last service or you're contemplating a long journey, get your local garage to check your brakes and test your battery.

"It is better to take preventative action before you set off than add delays to your holiday with an unwanted breakdown."

The top 10 tips to avoid and prepare for breakdowns before you set off on the road are:

1) Before you set off, walk around the car and look for any signs of potential trouble, especially tyres and lights.

2) Check your tyre pressures, including your spare tyre.

3) Check all fluid levels and top up if necessary.

4) Make sure you have breakdown cover. If you are travelling abroad, make sure your cover extends to your trip away, as you may need to arrange separate cover if it does not.

5) Even in today's world of Sat-Nav's and mobile navigation, keep a road map in the car so you will be able to explain where you are when you call for help. Your phone may not always have signal, so do not rely on it.

6) Keep some spare change in the car in case you need to call for help and there is no mobile phone signal.

7) Make sure your phone battery is topped up. An in-car charger is a great device to use just in case you need it.

8) Have the number for your emergency breakdown provider handy. You will usually find it on your policy certificate, and you could keep this in your glove box.

9) Carry a red warning triangle at all times.

10) Always keep some warm clothes, a rug and some food in the car in case you get stuck in cold conditions for a long time.

It is hoped that with these top tips, drivers throughout Britain will be able to enjoy their Bank Holiday weekend without any motoring breakdowns.