Whether you have an old or new car, chances are you’ll experience a breakdown at some point in your life. On average, 10,000 motorists breakdown on UK roads every day; that’s around seven unlucky motorists left stranded on the hard shoulder or stuck in their driveway every minute.

But what are the main causes of Britain’s breakdowns, and is there anything drivers can do to avoid roadside bother? To find out, take a look at our brilliant new graphic, where we’ve listed the main causes of breakdowns on UK roads, and provided some valuable hints, tips and advice on how to avoid becoming one of the unfortunate few left stranded by the roadside.


With the onset of autumn and winter just around the corner, now is a common time to experience a breakdown. With regular servicing and a little TLC however, you can easily avoid unexpected breakdowns whatever the weather.