New data shows 48,500 breakdowns happened between the last week of June and the first weekend of September in 2018, with the highest number happening the first weekend in August.
As a result of these findings, Highways England has launched a new safety campaign to help drivers remember the essentials of motorway driving and especially what to do to stay safe after a break down.
Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England, said: “We want everyone to get to their destination safely and we can all play a part in that.
“Highways England has done a lot of work to ease congestion on our motorways and make them safer, and our traffic officers are there to help get things moving if there’s a problem. But you should also make sure you know what to do if your vehicle does break down.
“We’re expecting to see a big increase in breakdowns over the next few weeks as drivers set out on longer journeys during the summer. So, we’re urging drivers to remember the basics of motorway driving, including carrying out simple vehicle checks before setting off, to help keep us all moving.”
To help you avoid breaking down in the first place, follow these tips to make sure your car is in good working order:
For a thorough overview of all the tasks that help keep your car in top condition, take a look at our ultimate guide to car maintenance.
If you’re unlucky enough to break down on the motorway, follow Highways England’s five tips:
Having breakdown cover in place can put your mind at rest if you’re about to set off on a long journey, so it might be worth looking into if you don’t already have this cover.