Common causes of breaking down

Common causes of breaking down

A breakdown can be the worst thing that could happen to a driver, especially if the incident occurs during a long journey or in heavy traffic. It is easy to get worried about the cost of a breakdown. However, it can be a much simpler problem than you might think.

Many faults and damages are easily repaired. If you follow these tips, you will avoid embarrassing situations when you break down with your in-laws in the car or kids in the back.  Recovery cover is a great idea. The roadside assistance vehicle will also have a highly visible livery, which makes you feel safer. Find out more about Chapter 8 chevrons by visiting

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There are many reasons your vehicle could fail:

Battery is flat or damaged

A damaged or empty battery is the most common reason for breakdowns, especially in the winter. If you don’t make long trips, your battery may be empty. This is true unless you charge your battery overnight every other week.

Poor electrical connections can also be a cause of empty batteries. The corrosion on your car’s terminal can build up over time.

Damage to wheels and tyres

A spare tyre can be very useful, especially when you are driving long distances. Even though it is only a temporary fix, a puncture repair kit can be useful to have in your car. When you have a puncture or if your tyres lose pressure, don’t let it sit for too long. Take it to the nearest mechanic.

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Broken plugs

It can be as simple as a worn out or damaged spark plug. This should not be an issue if you service your car regularly. Your car won’t start without a spark plug, or will make strange noises if it does. The spark plugs produce an electrical spark which creates the ignition key needed to start your engine.

Error in alternator

Have you ever replaced the battery in your car, only to find that it won’t turn on? It doesn’t always mean that the battery is bad. The alternator could be to blame. The alternator charges the battery by using energy from the engine.

Do not try to restart the vehicle if your engine temperature is increasing rapidly and your ignition lights are on. You will need roadside help because your water pump or alternator is damaged.