Avoid Ending Up As A Breakdown Stat
by Becky Harrison |
posted 10 September 2020
New data from LV Britannia rescue has revealed that breakdown claims due to vehicles not starting increased by 35% during lockdown, rising to 89% for callouts while the vehicle is at home.
The data shows that at the start of lockdown there was a 35% increase in the proportion of callouts that were related to vehicles not starting, with many having sat unused for long periods of time. With lockdown measures gradually easing over recent months, these callout figures have been slowly returning to the levels seen pre-lockdown; however, the number of callouts due to vehicles not starting still sits at the level normally expected during the winter months.
Another common reason for callouts involves problems with the wheels, where no suitable spare tyre is available. Last summer, the number of these callouts rose by 50% during the August bank holiday weekend.
If you’re planning on a late Summer road trip, here’s a check list of things to consider:
Check your tyre pressure: Check your tyres when they are cold; your handbook will tell you what figures your tyre pressure should be set to. You might want to add a little extra air if you are travelling on motorways for long periods of time. Whilst checking the pressure, do not forget to inspect your tyre tread too, as this is vital for a safe journey, especially in wet conditions. Also check your spare as well, so you are prepared in case anything goes wrong.
Fill up your water: Your car's engine coolant is a mix of antifreeze and water, and the levels should be monitored to make sure the engine does not overheat, causing a breakdown at the roadside. You can check the coolant levels on the reservoir next to your radiator.
Inspect your widescreen: A chip in the windscreen can be extremely distracting so it's best to get this fixed as soon as you can; you could potentially save yourself from a small chip turning into something more serious and costly! As well as chips and cracks, check your windscreen wipers are functioning as normal; wipers streaking the windscreen or leaving water untouched could be a sign they need to be changed.
Test your lights: Take time to inspect all your lights, from brake lights to indicators, making sure they all work as they should.
Check your oil level: Without the right levels of oil, the engine’s lubrication could be severely reduced; risking damage to your car. If your car has not been used in a while, or only for short commutes there could be sludge from old, used oil and topping up with fresh oil, without a proper oil change, will just mask the problem. This should be done during a service but if you are in any doubt, contact your local garage.