Christmas and New Year are the "busiest time for roadside assistance."
11 December 2007

Roadside rescue company, Mondial Assistance, claim that December 27th and January 2nd are the two days of the year you're most likely to break down.Causes are put down to people neglecting their cars over the festive period, resulting in a 75 per cent increase in rescue callouts, the majority of which will apparently be to customer's homes.Plenty of callouts are to people who pour boiling water over an iced-up windscreen, shattering the whole thing, and it's even been known for frosty side windows to ruin the electrics if you wind them down to clear them.Otherwise, simply leaving your car for a long period of time without running it is the main cause for a breakdown on these dates.Simon Cook, Automotive Director at Mondial Assistance, says that "if you aren't using your car over Christmas, try and start it a few times and go for a short drive."Good advice, though it could be a problem if the car won't start.

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