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Asda Money Reveals the Most Common Winter Car Breakdown Call Outs

Asda Money Reveals the Most Common Winter Car Breakdown Call Outs 
Asda Money reveals how winter weather can wreak havoc with road
conditions, highlighting the need for motorists to put adequate
breakdown cover in place 
LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/13 -- Research has
shown that rain, sleet, snow or fog was responsible for 1,786(1)
reported road casualties in 2011, with slippery roads due to weather
playing a part in 13,420 road casualties in the same year. 
With the MET Office issuing severe weather warnings for several parts
of the UK in recent months(2), Asda Money looks at some of the most
common winter breakdown call outs. 
Flat batteries 
Leaving your radio or lights on may deplete your car battery, so it
essential this is checked on a regular basis to prevent your running
into trouble on the road. Having a set of jump leads on hand will
also ensure that you can re-start your battery should you encounter
any problems. 
Flat tyres 
As with batteries, checking your tyre pressure at regular intervals
will help to avoid flat tyres and blowouts. Visual checks are also
key as items, such as glass, getting caught in tyres could lead to
punctures. Carrying a spare tyre is good practise year-round, but is
particularly important during winter months. 
Lost keys 
In the rush to get from point A to B drivers could find themselves
accidently locking themselves out of vehicles, or misplacing their
keys. While a vehicle locksmith should be able to help you address
the problem if you have lost your keys. 
Running out of fuel 
Motorists may end up running on empty if they have underestimated the
amount of fuel needed for their journey. Fortunately this problem is
one the drivers can avoid, and it's crucial that the fuel gauge
doesn't read below a quarter of a tank, even if motorists are making
a short journey. 
Electrical and mechanical failures 
Electrical faults and problems ranging from spark plug failures to
faulty starter motors could act to stop drivers in their tracks when
they are out on the road. Ensuring your vehicle is regularly serviced
can help to detect these problems before winter weather sets in.  
The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) estimates that drivers
could be hit with a typical call-out charge of around GBP 100 
plus a
charge of GBP 1 per mile(3) should their car need to be towed.  
In contrast, Asda Breakdown Cover offers home start, roadside
assistance and UK recovery all for just GBP 70 a year(4). 
Notes to Editors 


 
1.  http://www.iam.org.uk/media-and-research/media-centre/news-
    archive/20126-iam-launches-winter-driving-campaign 
    
2.  http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/11/uk-weather-warnings-cold-snap 
    
3.  http://www.newspress.co.uk/ViewPressRelease.aspx?pr=33687 
    
4.  http://money.asda.com/breakdown-cover/ 

 
About Asda Breakdown Cover 


 
--  76% of cars fixed at the roadside (i) 
    
--  Average response time under 42 minutes ^ 
    
--  98% of customers satisfied with our service + 
    
--  Cheaper than the AA & RAC (ii) 
    
--  Pay annually and save GBP 20 on UK breakdown and European cover  
    
--  Asda Breakdown Cover provided by Britannia Rescue 

 
(i) Fix rate of 76.3% taken from 108089 returned agent invoices
between 01 January and 31 December 2012. 
^ Response time of 41.9 minutes taken from 61317 customer
questionnaires during 1 January to 31 December 2012  
+ Customer satisfaction of 98.2% taken from 61317 customer
questionnaires during 1 January to 31 December 2012  
(ii) Based on Asda UK Breakdown Cover compared to the nearest
equivalent level of cover from the AA and RAC. Competitor's prices
include discount available on 04/01/2013 (online and call centre).
Prices quoted are for annual payment only and relate to vehicle only
cover and not personal cover. 
Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda
Financial Services Limited uses a selection of companies to provide
its products and services. Asda Financial Services Limited and Asda
Stores Limited act as Introducer Appointed Representatives to
Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited for Breakdown Cover.
Britannia and Britannia Rescue are registered trademarks and are
trading styles of the Liverpool Victoria group of companies.
Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited, registered in England
and Wales number 3232514 is authorised and regulated by the Financial
Services Authority, register number 202965. Registered address for
all Liverpool Victoria companies: County Gates, Bournemouth BH1 2NF.
Contacts:
Press Contact
Paul Stevens
+44 (0)1925 611 026
paul.stevens@latitudegroup.com
 
 
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