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UK breakdowns surge 160 per cent

Breakdowns in the UK rose 160 per cent from May to July, new research by the RAC and NFU Mutual has found.

This spike in breakdowns could be partially linked with effects of the MOT extension and lockdown.

The most common breakdown causes for vehicles needing recovery in July were flat batteries, wheel changes, mechanical engine issues, engine management issues for modern computer-led vehicles, and fuel system problems as well as road traffic accidents.

The research also found that the average recovery distance from home has increased to 108 miles (174km) – roughly the equivalent of London to Birmingham.

The NFU Mutual is now warning drivers to prepare for one of the busiest weekends on the road this Bank Holiday weekend (Britain and Northern Ireland), and has announced it has extended its complimentary RAC Cover to its new and existing car and light goods vehicle customers until the end of November.

This is in addition to the standard breakdown cover its car insurance customers already receive.