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December 23, 2016 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

The suitcases are packed and the car is full, but with over 46,0001 roadside assistance calls made last Summer – make sure you’re covered.

Over the last three years, the top breakdown claims2 made during the Christmas break were:

• Battery issues (37 per cent)

• Engine (23 per cent)

• Tyres (15 per cent)

• Keys (5 per cent)

• Electrical (5 per cent)

How to avoid them:


• Don’t roast your car battery like you do your Christmas potatoes. The summer heat can take its toll on car batteries. If this happens, turn off all devices and leave the car off for 20 minutes. Within that timeframe the battery should regain enough power to start.

• If the car doesn’t restart, a gotU service provider can help jumpstart the vehicle – ensure you have downloaded the app.


• Keep an eye out for any leaks by checking the floor of your garage prior to the trip. If you see a trickle, don’t be fickle – the engine is most likely leaking. Open the hood of the car and inspect the engine and cooling system for signs of liquid. Make sure the engine is cool before touching.

• If the engine light turns on whilst driving, don’t ignore it! It could mean that there is a stuck thermostat, leaking coolant or a loose gas cap – all of which can be easily fixed. If ignored, they may cause the engine to overheat and the vehicle to breakdown


• Check the air pressure in your car tyres monthly to ensure safe and fuel-efficient operation of your car. Change of temperature can also affect the inflation of tires, especially during really hot Summer days.

• Before a road trip, check the pressure gauge of the tyres to ensure they are at the appropriate level to avoid a flat tyre. Spare tyres should also be inflated and ready for use – you never know when you might need it

For those travelling with heavy loads make sure to adjust the tyre pressure accordingly.


• Never thought it would happen to you? Think again, over five per cent of callouts3 are in relation to locking keys inside a vehicle.

• Carry a spare key with you inside your handbag or wallet.


• Made the time to pack snacks? Don’t forget to check the horn, windshield wipers, and interior and exterior lights to ensure they are working correctly.

• The best way to prevent electrical faults from occurring is to ensure the car is regularly serviced and general electrical accessories are in working order. We recommend you service your car regularly to ensure it is maintained.

gotU has drivers covered this festive season. The recently launched app-based solution offers consumers a pay-as-you go alternative to traditional roadside assistance memberships. There are no joining or annual fees, it is as simple as downloading the app and having a 24/7 roadside assistance service provider ready to go at the tap of a button.

The gotU app is available from the App Store and Google Play. Further information can be found at

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