An estimated 20 million UK car-owners have broken down in the past; more than 3 million of those without any breakdown cover, which is no fun when you’re not sure how you’re going to get back on the road. Over a third (37%) of those of you who’ve had a breakdown had to find alternative means of rescue to the usual providers, such as contacting local mechanics, calling family and friends or even walking to find help. When asked how many breakdown providers they could name, most respondents cited only three, with the AA being the first to come to mind for 69% of people.
More than one in five (21%) of drivers have had to use their breakdown cover over the past year so it does pay to have the right cover. What’s more, 11% of those who didn’t have breakdown cover admitted to using the policy of someone they were travelling with when they ran into problems. However, it does seem that many of you have learned from past mistakes as 24% of those who have cover signed up following a breakdown.