Every car owner, at some point in their lives, will experience a breakdown. It’s annoying, time consuming and can be costly if you’re not covered by a comprehensive car cover. Unfortunately, for most car owners, breakdowns are a phenomena that just can’t be avoided. The following are the top six causes of a roadside breakdown alongside their respective fixes.
1. Flat battery:
Flat and faulty batteries are the most common cause of car breakdowns. Luckily, however, they’re usually one of the easiest to fix. There are many reasons why a battery may go flat, ranging from under use to extreme temperatures or excessive vibration. For most of these, a simple jump start can get you back up and running in no time. For more complex issues, however, a battery replacement or maintenance to your car’s charging system may be required.
2. Flat tires:
Flat tires occur when a sharp object causes a puncture, releasing air from your tire and deflating the wheel. Most cars carry a spare tire, and with some expertise and a jack, some of you may be able to rectify the situation yourselves. For those not as experienced with car maintenance, however, roadside assistance can easily and quickly replace the damaged tire to get you back on the road as soon as possible.
3. Incompatible fuel:
Don’t worry, this problem is actually far more common than you’d expect. Thousands of people each year put the wrong fuel in their car, causing it to breakdown. If this does happened to you, don’t worry, the damage is probably not irreparable. However, it is of utmost importance that you stop the vehicle immediately, switch off the engine, and call roadside assistance who will assess the damage and flush the remaining fuel out of your tank.
4. Worn out spark plugs or leads:
You can generally avoid this problem through regular servicing. However, should your vehicle succumb to a worn out or broken spark plug, they’re easily replaceable and should not be a major source of concern.
5. Locking your keys in the car:
Yes, it does happen, and it happens a lot. The first thing to do is to forgive yourself, as it is a common mistake, then if you don’t have a spare key, call for roadside assistance. If you find this happening regularly, you can avoid the situation by keeping a spare key on you whenever you drive.
6. Running out of fuel:
Most of us have either forgotten to refill or tried to milk the last drop of fuel out of the tank and ended up running out of fuel. It’s always a good idea to carry a small fuel canister in the boot just in case you need a short walk to the petrol station. On longer trips make sure you carry a jerry can. Car breakdowns happen.
Breakdowns are unpleasant and annoying, but they’re a part of life. By having comprehensive roadside assistance, you can ensure that if one of these problems does occur, it can be quickly fixed without the inconvenience and leaving you with a huge bill.
For great motor vehicle warranty and roadside assistance options contact All Nation Finance and Be Protected to discuss our full range of options.