Don’t let car breakdowns ruin your Christmas

Car breakdowns and road incidents put Christmas cheer on hold for some last year by delaying drivers getting home and making them miss festive events in December 2018. (1)

New research from Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance(1) a quarter (24%) of London drivers were involved in a car breakdown, a road incident or a near miss last December.

It’s estimated that in total 1.7 million (5% of UK drivers)(3) experienced a car breakdown in December 2018 with London and Nottingham motorists most likely to experience a vehicle fault on the winter roads. (1)

As a result of car breakdowns, 18% of UK drivers had to miss a Christmas event, 16% missed out on shopping time and 13% were late getting home from a festive occasion. (1)

December car breakdowns also affected people’s day-to-day activities. More than half (53%) of impacted drivers were late getting to work as a result of breaking down, 37% were delayed returning home from work and 33% were delayed dropping someone off, such as children to school. (1)

Jason King, Customer Director at Sainsbury’s Bank, said: “Car breakdowns are no fun when it’s cold, dark and wet so in order to stay safe and not dampen your festive season, we’re urging drivers to be prepared this year.  Make sure you always carry a few essentials in your vehicle, including a well charged mobile phone, and have a car insurance policy that provides breakdown cover.”

Sainsbury’s Bank top tips for taking care on the winter roads

  1. Leave more time to travel. Winter roads are notoriously hazardous, so leave for your journey in plenty of time and make sure you spend rime de-icing your car before setting off.
  2. Don’t get distracted by in-car Christmas cheer.  Car journeys can be a great time for some family bonding including singing along to festive hits on the radio but make sure you stay focused on the road.
  3. Make sure you have an emergency pack. If your vehicle does breakdown, ensure you are prepared with essentials such as a mobile charger and blankets and water.
  4. Write down emergency numbers. In case your phone does run out of battery, always carry round a couple of emergency numbers. That way you can keep your loved ones or work updated on your whereabouts.
  5. Include breakdown cover on your car insurance. Sainsbury’s Bank offers RAC Breakdown cover as an optional extra for an additional cost, which means you will have access to roadside and recovery in the UK.(4)

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