Croydon has topped the RAC’s list of towns with the most car breakdowns, according to recently released figures from the rescue service.
There were over 1,352 call-outs to the RAC from the south London suburb in 2016.
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This is what you could look forward to seeing if you were stuck in Croydon:
Good to meet community leaders in Croydon today. pic.twitter.com/htcd2eD96H— SP Broadway (@SPBroadway) July 25, 2017
Enfield, in north London, had the second highest number of call-outs – 1,249.
Although on opposites sides of the Thames, both towns are almost equidistant from the centre of London so it’s likely many people commute from them or pass through to get to the capital.
Outside of London, towns with high numbers of breakdowns are scattered around the UK:
Top 8 towns with the highest number of breakdowns in 2016
- Croydon 1,352
- Enfield 1,249
- Walsall 883
- Stillorgan, near Dublin 879
- Solihull 870
- Derby 827
- Greenhithe 814
- Skegness 808
Here are some pictures of where you could end up broken down in these towns:
Action stations in Skegness as town is hit by flooding https://t.co/eQXa2KuD4i— Boston Target (@BostonTarget) July 24, 2017
What causes a car breakdown?
The biggest cause of car breakdown is battery issues.
Almost 400,000 breakdowns attended by the RAC last year related to flat or faulty batteries.
Punctured or damaged tyres were responsible for almost as many – accounting for 337,562 call-outs in 2016.
218,878 of these incidents were for punctured or damaged tyres, but 118,684 call-outs were made by puncture-hit drivers with no spare wheel – an entirely preventable situation.
Of the call-outs for battery problems, 253,147 found a non-serviceable battery was at the root of the problem and there were 142,036 cases of flat batteries that needed charging.
The other chief causes of breakdown across Britain last year were attributed to road traffic accidents, alternators, problems with the clutch, internal starter motor issues, diesel system leaks, and issues with oil pressure or timing belts.
What to do when a car breaks down
If you can drive your car away from a road, for example, to a service station or carpark, that is always best.
If you’re on a motorway, put your hazard lights on and pull over onto the hard shoulder. If it’s safe to exit your vehicle you should get out and stand away from it.
Once you’re in a safe place, call your breakdown recovery and rescue service. If you’re not a member of a service you can still call companies such as RAC and AA but you will have to pay for the call-out.
Find out about joining the RAC here.
If you have an animal in the car you should leave it in the car, even if you’re standing a few metres away. We’ve written a guide to what happens when you break down with a pet.