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Road breakdowns up 5% as number of cars increase

Published 28/12/2015

The AA said worn out batteries were behind the majority of call outs
The AA said worn out batteries were behind the majority of call outs

The number of Irish motorists breaking down has risen by 5% during the last year, the AA said.

More cars are on the road and drivers are continuing to battle worn out batteries, which caused a quarter of call outs.

Almost 17,000 motorists attracted a puncture, down just 1% from the last commissioned review, with women the most likely victims.

Conor Faughnan, AA director of consumer affairs, said: "More cars on our roads normally means a higher risk of incidents, which in this case relates to a rise in breakdowns.

"Anyone need only travel via the M50 on any one day to know that there are a lot more people out and about.

"Fuel sales are normally a good proxy figure when determining the levels of activity on the roads, and mirror traffic data. As such, total fuel sales rose by 9% in 2013, 2.2% in 2014 and by around 2.5% so far this year."

The number of kilometres travelled has increased by 2% this year compared to 2014, and the AA has reported seeing a corresponding higher volume of breakdowns this year.

The country-wide analysis of over 100,000 AA rescue assignments said malfunctioning clutches and worn-out engines have also prompted motorists to call for assistance over the last year, with the figure static since 2012.

Steering, suspension and braking systems have declined by 1%, with a quarter of motorists reporting these issues normally associated with ageing vehicles.

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