Car insurance Updated:
Many of us will be hitting the roads this Christmas to gather with friends and family for some festive fun. But is your car ready to tackle the winter weather, and are you prepared for an unexpected breakdown? Well now may be the time to make sure you are, as all too many of us head for the open road without making sure we have all the equipment and insurance cover we need.
According to Asda Money, December is a prime time for car trouble, with the number of breakdowns in December 2013 rising by 35% from October of that year. Roadside recoveries also saw a sharp increase, rising by 26% over the same period. It also turns out that many of us lack even the most basic gear to see us safely through an emergency breakdown, with 61% of respondents admitting that they don't keep a spare mobile phone charger in their car, while another 70% fail to carry spare bulbs for brake lights or headlights.
Commenting on the findings, Kirsty Ward, senior director at Asda Money, said: "As the weather continues to deteriorate, families need to make sure they have made all the necessary checks on their car as roads become more hazardous. It doesn't take long to prepare a car for winter, and it could make all the difference in avoiding a breakdown or accident this Christmas."
So, what exactly should you do to make sure that your car is ready to make the journey home?
It's easy to get your car prepped and ready for a Christmas trip – just follow these simple tips.
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