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Avoid a Christmas car crisis with advice from LV= Britannia Rescue

Press release: 11/12/2015

  • LV= Britannia Rescue gears up for one of its busiest times of year for breakdowns
  • Idle cars over Christmas result in a significant increase in breakdown call outs
  • Breakdown specialist warns motorists to check vehicles ahead of returning to work

LV= Britannia Rescue is offering advice to motorists to help avoid breakdowns when returning to work after Christmas. The award winning breakdown provider is gearing up for one of its busiest times of year as it responds to vehicles left idle over the festive holiday.

Last year, on the first Monday following the Christmas holidays (29 December 2014), and a key 'return to work day', LV= Britannia Rescue experienced an increase of 241% in call outs for cars that simply wouldn't start. With similar call out numbers predicted for this year, it is offering the following advice to motorists to help avoid any winter worries:

  • If you know that your car won't be used much over the holidays then check your battery and make sure the terminals are tight and not corroded.
  • Running the engine a couple of times or taking a short drive over the Christmas break will help revive your battery.
  • Keep some de-icer in your home or garage. If your car's not been used for a while then the car doors may freeze up from the cold weather. Having de-icer in the car won't be helpful if you can't get into it.
  • Think about antifreeze – using some antifreeze (check your cars handbook for advice on this) in your coolant system can help prevent your engine from freezing up.
  • If your car struggles to start, use the ignition in short five second bursts, leaving thirty seconds between attempts for the battery to recover.
  • Make sure that you have contact details handy for your car insurer and breakdown provider.

No one wants a broken down car when they're trying to get back to work after enjoying the Christmas break. Drained batteries are the most common cause of breakdowns and we traditionally see a spike in breakdown call outs at this time of year because cars have been left unused over the holiday. We want drivers to be able to get where they need to be so we're offering these hints and tips to help avoid the stress of a breakdown.

Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= Britannia Rescue

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