Highways England reveals worst day for breakdowns

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:14th February 2022

Highways England reveals worst day for breakdowns

Highways England has issued a plea for all drivers to commit to checking their vehicles more regularly, after figures showed the most common day for breakdowns is a Friday.

The government-owned company pointed out that even the most basic checks can help motorists reduce the risk of their car breaking down.


Simple precautions

Highways England recorded nearly 36,000 breakdowns on Fridays throughout 2018, compared to just over 29,000 on Sundays. The total number of breakdowns throughout the year was more than 223,000.

The company, which is responsible for England’s motorways and major A-roads, launched a dedicated campaign to highlight the positive impact even simple checks can have on car reliability and road safety.

It recommended:

  • Checking tyres (especially before long journeys) to see that the pressure is suitable for the load and they are in good condition. Look out for cuts and make sure the tread depth is at least 1.6mm.
  • Using the engine dipstick to check oil regularly and top up when necessary. Take your car to a garage if you’re topping up more than usual.
  • Keeping windscreen washer fluid topped up to maintain a clean windscreen and good visibility.
  • Checking indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lamps, reverse lights and brake lights to be sure they’re working properly.
  • Look at your fuel level before setting off and make sure you have enough to reach your destination.

Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: “We want everyone to get to their destination safely and drivers can help themselves by carrying out simple checks before they set off. Breakdowns can often be prevented by carrying out basic checks.”

Simple steps and protective measures can reduce your risk of breaking down, but to keep your car in prime condition it’s best to take it to the professionals.

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