A record number of motorists could be left stranded on Monday 5 January as the Christmas holidays draw to a close, according to the Environmental Transport Association (ETA).
The group said cold weather over the Christmas break will have left cars prone to failure, and that many drivers are now going without breakdown cover in a bid to save cash during the economic downturn.
It is thought as many as three million motorists are not covered by a recovery scheme, despite membership costing as little as £32 a year.
Director of the ETA, Andrew Davis said: ‘It’s not just people who can feel flat following the New Year festivities; the sub-zero temperatures predicted for early January mean many car batteries will fail on that first Monday back to work.’
To avoid flat batteries, motorists should avoid leaving their cars unused for days at a time during cold weather. The ETA has urged drivers who already have breakdown cover to check it protects them if they get stranded at home.
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