Extreme heat likely to trigger “big increase” in breakdowns, RAC says

Number of drivers breaking-down Monday and Tuesday expected to be 15-20 per cent higher than what’s normal for mid-July

Extreme heat likely to trigger “big increase” in breakdowns, RAC says
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The arrival of extremely high temperatures is expected to lead to a huge increase in vehicle breakdowns across the UK, the RAC has said.

The RAC forecasts the number of drivers needing help on Monday and Tuesday will be 15-20 per cent higher than what’s normal for mid-July – the equivalent of over 1,000 extra breakdowns a day.

Temperatures are expected to rise even further into the high-30s or even low-40s today and tomorrow (18 and 19 July).

But the risks of breaking down in the heat are severe which is why the RAC is urging drivers to be aware of the dangers and to carry an emergency breakdown kit with them should the worst happen – something that’s particularly important if they are travelling with young, elderly or other vulnerable people.

Having the means to keep cool and hydrated while waiting for help is vital, it warns.

Related: Tyre issues biggest cause of breakdowns, National Highways data shows

Drivers can also reduce the chances of breaking down by making sure their cars are ready for the high temperatures.

Ensuring oil and coolant levels are at the right levels is particularly important when the mercury rises, as is checking tyres are free of damage, have plenty of tread and are inflated to the right pressures.

RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “With a rare red weather warning for extreme heat in force there’s now every possibility a large than normal number of drivers will suffer breakdowns over the next few days.

“We anticipate there could be around 15-20 per cent more breakdowns on Monday and Tuesday, which equates to more than 1,000 extra people needing help each day.

“Such a large increase in people needing assistance is bound to put pressure on all breakdown services, so it’s essential drivers have an emergency kit with them to keep as safe as possible while they wait for help – ideally in a safe location in the shade.”

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