Records released by highways England show that a huge number of breakdowns occurred in the financial year 2018/19. 224,225 breakdowns were recorded which sees an increase of a fifth in just two years.
Why are we seeing more breakdowns? Well, the average age of cars is increasing. Back in 2003 the average age of a vehicle was 6.8 years old, rising to 7.8 by 2015 and as of last year 8.2. As we know, with old age comes a few health implications!
Traffic volumes have been ruled out as a cause of increased breakdowns as figures have remained steady in recent years with minor increases, indicating that vehicle age is the root cause.
Figures were provided to Auto Express and they’ve reported that in the last two years breakdowns have increased by 14.8% compared to 2017/18.
Despite Highways England only being responsible for 2% of England’s roads, which amounts to 4,300 miles worth, a third of the country’s traffic is carried just on these roads.
In 2018, July and August were the busiest months for breakdowns as families headed on to summer getaways and weekend breaks.
CAVA agrees with the AA’s head of roads policy, Jack Cousens who says: “Breaking down on a motorway can be a frightening experience, so spending a few minutes before you set off checking your car over could make all the difference.”
This is further backed by the RAC’s Simon Williams; “These figures serve to highlight the importance of carrying out checks before setting off. A lot of breakdowns are entirely avoidable if drivers check oil and coolant are at the right levels, and ensure all tyres are inflated properly and have sufficient tread.”
Do you have any journeys planned over the coming months? Don’t forget to make simple checks before you set off to help prevent a breakdown. If you find you are breaking down, then perhaps it’s time to give CAVA a call on 0161 222 9599 and look at a new vehicle that can get you from A to B without the hassle?