BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 January 2008, 07:08 GMT
'Busiest day' for car breakdowns
Motorway
The RAC says drivers should prepare better for their journeys
As much of Britain returns to work after Christmas, there are warnings that 2 January will see a big rise in the number of car breakdowns.

The RAC estimates that lack of use over the festive period and wintry weather mean cars are 73% more likely to break down than on a normal work day.

For the last five years, there has been at least a 50% rise in callouts on the first day back after New Year, it says. It has extra patrols out, and urged drivers to take preventative action.

It suggested drivers should:

  • Check tyre pressure and examine for signs of wear or damage
  • Check oil and water levels and ensure the anti-freeze content of the cooling system is sufficient
  • Make sure you are confident using the car's jack and wheel brace and if possible, practise changing the wheel

It is still a bank holiday in Scotland, but drivers elsewhere are warned that conditions could be made more difficult by the weather.

Forecasters are predicting a significant fall in temperatures on Wednesday, with some sleet and snow overnight, especially in the south west of England.

But commuters hoping for a smoother journey to work by rail will also be disappointed if they use the West Coast Mainline.

Engineering work at Rugby which has already overrun by two days is now not expected to be completed until Thursday, affecting passengers travelling between London Euston and Scotland or the north west of England.

SEE ALSO

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific