Nearly 1m car breakdowns expected this winter

Friday, November 27, 2015


Over 900,000 breakdowns are expected on the roads of Britain this winter with 510,000 breakdowns expected in December alone according to a national breakdown company.

Research carried out by Green Flag indicated that the British were most likely to breakdown in December during the final week with an average of over 105,000 call-outs as vehicles are restarted following the Christmas period.  

Specifically, breakdown rates reach their peak as Britons head back to work after the Christmas bank holiday with an average of 43,500 breakdowns – out of the 158,000 expected during the festive period between 24 – 29 December.

With an additional 390,000 breakdowns also expected in January, drivers can expect to suffer most during the third week of the month with over 110,000 breakdowns whilst an estimated 18,000 breakdowns are expected on Monday 4 January as commuters head back to work after the New Year bank holiday.

Drained batteries are the most common cause of breakdown during the winter with vehicles being left unused in the cold for extended periods of time.

Nick Reid, head of rescue at Green Flag, commented: "Over the Winter period, people across the UK will be hitting the road to make the most of the festive season and New Year.

"Every year we see a noticeable spike in breakdown rates as the cold weather sets in and people's cars are left unused. We want to ensure drivers are able to get where they need to be, no matter what, so have taken a look at how to guarantee a stress free winter." 


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