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One in 15 cars to breakdown due to Christmas rush in this country

  • Christmas season always sees heavier than normal traffic rush with people moving for work, going on holidays or for shopping putting an additional burden on roads.

For all the advancements in the automotive industry that promise to keep breakdowns to the absolute minimum, the holiday rush can extract quite a toll on vehicles thanks to bumper-to-bumper traffic in cold conditions. Little wonder then that a study in UK has predicted one in every 15 cars out on the roads this festive season in the country to suffer some or the other malfunction.

Green Flag, a UK-based breakdown recovery organisation, has predicted that a total of 176,200 automotive malfunctions will be reported for a week leading up to Christmas in the country. That is around 22,000 breakdowns each day and in excess of 15 a minute in this period. It also finds that the breakdowns would largely be due to traffic conditions which are always heavier than usual in the days leading up to Christmas.

The most recent count of all registered vehicles in the UK, as per the government's Vehicle Licensing Statistics, stood at 37.7 million at the end of 2017. That UK's people population is also considerably less than countries like China and India makes the prediction of breakdowns quite significant.

Another significant factor that Green Flag takes into account is the prediction that 19% of all Britons will be using public transportation this festive season. If this percentage was lesser, there could have been even more cars on the road and therefore, more chances and/or instances of breakdowns.

As a result, people who do indeed opt to put their own cars in drive mode are being advised to be especially aware of vehicular basic such as fuel, engine oil, brake oil, tyre pressure and anti-freeze.

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