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Monday, June 14, 2004

Don’t spend your holiday crying on a hard shoulder

As Green Flag Motoring Assistance gears up for another busy summer, the breakdown specialists are reminding motorists of the importance of regular maintenance checks.

Last year Green Flag responded to almost 280,000 breakdowns during June, July and August. The majority of incidents were due to battery-related non-starts and cut outs, followed closely by breakdowns arising from minor accidents and tyre problems.

Melanie Denny from Green Flag said: “As the weather warms up, more people are likely to be driving long distances to holiday and day-trip destinations, but in the excitement of the summer holidays many will come unstuck along the way due to the lack of regular maintenance checks.”

During the summer, cars are put under additional strain as they travel long distances in high temperatures laden down with luggage and passengers. To avoid the inconvenience of a break down spoiling summer holiday plans Green Flag recommends a few simple checks beforehand:

· Take the car for a short spin a couple of days before setting off on holiday. This gives motorists the chance to spot any potential problems before setting off.
· Battery problems are a major cause of breakdowns, so it’s a good idea to have it checked at a local garage before a long summer journey.
· Make sure tyres are in good condition with adequate tread depth. Also ensure they are inflated to the correct pressure. Remember extra weight of luggage and passengers can effect the pressure.
· Check the oil and top-up if necessary.

· Make sure the windscreen washer bottle is topped up and includes an approved detergent to remove insects and debris from the windscreen.
· Ensure windscreen wiper blades are in good condition with no cracks or tears in them.
· It’s particularly important to check the water regularly in summer, as it effects the cooling system of the car. Engines can easily overheat in hot weather if the water level is too low, particularly when queuing in heavy traffic.
· Keep an eye on the petrol gauge on long journeys. It sounds obvious, but Green Flag rescues hundreds of motorists every year who have run dry.

Once the car is in tip-top condition it is important to make sure the driver is too. Melanie Denny advised: “Before a long drive, make sure you get a good nights’ sleep, and don’t drive if you feel tired or unwell. Be aware that any medication you may be taking such as hay fever remedies can cause drowsiness, so check with a doctor or pharmacist to make sure it is safe to drive.”


Notes to editors
Green Flag Motoring Assistance provides roadside rescue and recovery to almost 5m customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Many join through unique partnership arrangements with some of the UK’s largest businesses and organisations.
Green Flag’s incident management centre in Leeds handles around 1m calls each year.
On average Green Flag reaches customers within 39 minutes (verified by 221,000 customer questionnaires received Jan-Dec 2003).
Green Flag customers give the service a 98 per cent satisfaction rating (based on the results of questionnaires sent to 500,000 customers).
Customers have access to a national network of independent recovery agents and 6,000 qualified technicians.
More than 90 per cent get assistance within the hour.
Green Flag supports the best of British motor racing and is sponsor of the Green Flag British Touring Car Championship.

Press calls
For further information contact Nigel Charlesworth or Melanie Denny at Green Flag on 0113 399 1427/1387 (out of hours 07711 964 615).

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