Millions of drivers risk Christmas roadside breakdown if they don’t check cars

Millions of drivers could face roadside breakdown this Christmas if they don't check simple things with their car.

Up to 18 million motorists are expected to use the roads each day on December 23 and Christmas Eve this year.

In 2020, the AA attended 7,828 call outs on December 24 and expect similar levels this time around.

The service revealed more than a quarter of breakdowns (27%) during last winter were a result of car battery issues.

As Santa will be travelling a lot on Friday, the AA is offering him free breakdown cover for 24 hours including "Reindeer Assistance".

Sean Sidley, AA Patrol of the Year, said: "Santa could be more at-risk of a breakdown – so we'll be offering him cover for one night.

"While our patrols have UK drivers covered, we know Santa and his team would need a special kind of roadside assistance."

It also emerged that engine and exhaust problems accounted for 12% of last winter's breakdowns.

Tyres were the cause of another 12%, while electrical faults were 11% and problems with steering, braking and suspension was 5%.

Sean added: "If Santa does need the AA to rescue him, he could use the AA breakdown app to track his patrol…

"It's a bit like the Santa tracker app, but yellow!"

Top tips for driving this Christmas:

  • FLOWER – When it comes to general maintenance, there are six key areas to keep on top of, which can be easily remembered using the acronym FLOWER – Fuel Lights Oil Water Electrics Rubber
  • BATTERY – Checking the battery is very important when it comes to vehicle maintenance, particularly when vehicles aren't being used very often
  • CONDITION OF TYRES – It is vital that motorists check the condition of their vehicle's tyres regularly – try and do this every two weeks. This is done easily by looking over the surface of the tyre for cuts and uneven wear, but don't forget to also check that the tread is within legal limits. It is advised that if your tread drops below 3mm you should think about getting your tyres replaced – and if the tread is below 1.6mm this is illegal, and your tyres must be changed. It's also worth checking the spare tyre (where fitted)
  • TYRE PRESSURE – Checking tyre pressures regularly will help keep your tyres in good condition. Vehicle tyre pressures can be easily found in the vehicle handbook, and is normally printed on either of the front car doors or on the inside of the fuel flap

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