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Unused cars over Christmas to spark huge surge in breakdowns

Date: 05/01/2015 03:32:36
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

The AA is expecting a huge surge in breakdowns today (January 5), as cars that have remained unused over the Christmas period are started up again.

The day that Brits go back to work is normally the AA's busiest due to the large number of breakdowns. More than a third (35 per cent) of men have at least one car that stays unused between Christmas and the New Year, as do 30 per cent of women, reports msn.com.

AA members from the south east of England are the most likely to leave their cars unused over Christmas, with 36 per cent not turning on their engines until they return to work again. In comparison, only 19 per cent of Londoners make the same mistake, reports itv.com.

Mark Spowage, AA patrolman of the year, said: "The first working day back in January is traditionally the busiest day of the year for breakdowns with flat batteries the main culprit. The issue is that many cars get left unused for up to a fortnight in often cold conditions, which causes the power output of the battery to drop."

The AA expects to receive around 19,000 callouts today, which is 30 per cent more than usual.

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