Don’t risk a breakdown this summer


DERBY and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership is reminding holidaymakers to stay safe by performing basic vehicle checks before getting behind the wheel.

Figures released by the AA this month show that they have dealt with around 57,000 tyre problems and 14,000 overheated cars since June.

Hot weather can aggravate any existing damage to tyres and cars with fan problems are more likely to overheat in summer traffic jams.

Partnership chairman Mike Ashworth said: “Breaking down is a risky business. Even if you manage to get your car to the side of the road without incident, you’ll still be at risk from passing traffic.

“You more likely to avoid a breakdown if you do basic vehicle checks before each journey and get your car serviced regularly.”

Mike added: “Get in the habit of doing regular checks. They are easy to remember using the acronym FLOWER - fuel, lights, oil, water, electrics and rubber. If you’re not confident about doing the checks yourself you can always book yourself in at your local garage.”

It’s not just vehicle checks that can make life easier for holidaymakers – the partnership is encouraging people to take the stress out of journeys by planning ahead.

The Highways Agency, which is a member of the road safety partnership, offers motorists a range of services designed to make journey planning easier.

For real-time traffic information, you can:

• visit the Highways Agency website - or if using a mobile

• check one of the Highways Agency’s regional Twitter feeds – visit for the full index

• use the Highways Agency’s free iPhone app which is free to download

• listen to the Highways Agency’s traffic radio service station which is broadcast on DAB digital radio and the internet at

• call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 (calls cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks cost no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes)