The nationwide easing of recent restrictions has led to a 72% increase in car breakdowns, new data suggests, and this is thought to be a result of vehicles not having been properly maintained during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown.
Roadside assistance and vehicle recovery provider Green Flag reported the rise on Wednesday 13th May compared to the previous week (before the Government eased the lockdown). The proportion of vehicles breaking down was more than the usual busiest day of the year for such companies as motorists come back to home and work after Christmas.
Mark Newberry, commercial director at Green Flag, said: “With the slight easing of lockdown in England, a pathway for a return to ‘normality’ has been laid, but with any major change or indeed in this case, return, preparation is key. With more drivers expected on the road in the coming days, we’re urging people to make sure their cars are roadworthy, checking the vital components, and ensuring they have the necessary rescue cover in place, should they have cancelled or downgraded recently.”
“As well as this, we are also urging drivers to make sure they remain safe as they start to travel more, whilst following the Government’s current guidelines.”
It’s worth bearing in mind that your vehicle can still benefit from being driven regularly during lockdown to avoid expensive repairs, including brakes and batteries, down the road. Tap here to read more about vehicle care and maintenance during the lockdown.
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