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RUNNING ON EMPTY: PETROL PRICES FUELLING INCREASE IN “VAPOUR TRAILERS”

Press Releases   •   May 17, 2012 18:39 BST

New research from Green Flag shows that 4.6 million (13 per cent) motorists have been driving on empty in the last three months. Green Flag has termed these drivers ‘Vapour trailers,’ motorists that risk running out of fuel by regularly driving with the petrol warning light flashing. In the past 12 months, a staggering 1.4 million (4 per cent) motorists have run out of fuel whilst on the road.

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Weather beaten: Green Flag predicts 25% decrease in call-outs as Brits stay indoors this Bank Holiday

Press Releases   •   May 04, 2012 13:46 BST

Green Flag breakdown predicts significantly lower call-outs this May Day weekend compared to last year’s bank holiday.  With the likelihood of bad weather and the continued pressure on household budgets as a result of rising fuel prices, we may see a bank holiday without the traditional levels of congestion and traffic jams.

Green Flag anticipates on Saturday that 27% less drivers will require breakdown assistance.  However, it is not just the weekend itself that will see such a dramatic downfall in call-outs, Green Flag also predicts fewer breakdown incidents on Tuesday when the working week begins again with claims set to be down 28%.

Miranda Schunke, spokesperson for Green Flag, said: “This April has widely been regarded as one of the wettest in recent memory and the inclement weather is predicted to continue through the May Day bank holiday.  Combined with expensive petrol prices, we have analysed our own data and found that the forecast for the number of breakdowns is remarkably lower than this time last year as people opt to stay at home.  We would like to remind people that despite the lower call-outs expected, the adverse weather conditions may be hazardous and we urge people to drive carefully should they get behind the wheel this weekend.”

Green Flag

With over 40 years experience, Green Flag provides customers with breakdown cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Customers have access to a network of breakdown operators across the UK and mainland Europe.

Green Flag is part of RBS Insurance, which is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Customers can find out more about Green Flag products or get a quote by calling 
0845 246 1557, connecting via the Green Flag Rescue Me Application, or visiting www.greenflag.com

Green Flag Motoring Assistance is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales no 1179980. U K Insurance Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Green Flag breakdown predicts significantly lower call-outs this May Day weekend compared to last year’s bank holiday. With the likelihood of bad weather and the continued pressure on household budgets as a result of rising fuel prices, we may see a bank holiday without the traditional levels of congestion and traffic jams.

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Hot Cross Bums On Car Seats: Friday morning Easter rush

Press Releases   •   Apr 04, 2012 10:22 BST

    • 10:30 am Friday 6th April – “Easter rush hour commences”
    • £145 million1 to be spent on fuel, despite average journey being 90 miles
    • Over 13 million people on UK roads this Easter
    • Easter driving getaway to cost drivers £8 million more this year than last

Over 13 million (27%) people will be bumping up the milometer over Easter, reveals new research from Green Flag breakdown service. 10:30 am on Friday 6th April will be the peak time for “hot-cross-bums on car seats” as more people will be heading out at that time for their Easter break than at any other time over the long weekend.

With the threat of fuel delivery strikes receding for now, drivers in the UK have decided they will continue with their plans to get away for the long weekend, despite the pressure on fuel prices.

The average distance to be travelled per journey comes in at only 90 miles2 and despite this, with average fuel prices at a depressing 139.48 pence per litre, Green Flag has established that the fuel cost of this Easter getaway will be an astonishing £145 million. The research also highlights the difference in petrol costs year on year, assuming the same number of people went away for Easter in 2011, nearly £8 million extra will be spent on fuel in 2012.

Miranda Schunke, spokesperson for Green Flag, said: “The roads are likely to be congested in popular spots around the country this Easter.  We analysed our research to establish the busiest time on the roads and with more people leaving at 10:30am on Friday than at any other time over the long weekend, we anticipate traffic around midday will be severe. With fuel costs remaining prohibitive for many household budgets, we wanted to highlight that with increased congestion, petrol consumption will need to be carefully managed.”

When the doom and gloom of returning to work comes round, the majority of people who have travelled away for Easter will try to time their return journey to avoid congestion (29%). Other factors that influence when to return home include the need to be back to put children to bed (11%) and wanting to watch ITV’s new blockbusting series Titanic (2%). Many also confessed they’ll go home because they will want to go to bed early, some to prepare for work and a few even admitted they’ll come back from their Easter break because they will miss the family pet.

Green Flag Regional Getaway Figures

Region  Average distance travelled this Easter (miles)  Fuel cost for travel per driver
London  80.9    £9.98  
Rest of South   94.8    £11.69 
Midlands  & Wales       80.9    £9.98  
North   88.6    £10.93 
Scotland        111.8   £13.79 
Source:  Green Flag

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Notes to Editors:

1. Figure found using:

Ford Fiesta (UK’s most popular car) MPG @ 51.4mpg. Source: Good Car Bad Car - http://bit.ly/H8H0XZ 
Petrol Price taken from http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/statistics/source/prices/weeklyfuel.xls 
Workings are: “89.7 (av. Distance) / 51.4 (Mpg) X £6.34 (petrol price per gallon)” 
Multiplied by total people going away in their own car over Easter (13,134,844)

2.  Vision Critical Interviewed over 2,052 adults (18+) March 27th- 28th  2012, for Green Flag Breakdown

For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Miranda Schunke

Green Flag Press Office

Tel: 0208 313 5965

Mobile: 07766 472 690

Email: miranda.schunke@rbs.co.uk

Chris Wilson                    
Citigate Dewe Rogerson 
Tel: 0207 282 1087 
Email: christopher.wilson@citigatedr.co.uk


Green Flag

With over 40 years experience, Green Flag provides customers with breakdown cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Customers have access to a network of breakdown operators across the UK and mainland Europe.

Green Flag is part of RBS Insurance, which is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Customers can find out more about Green Flag products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 1557, connecting via the Green Flag Rescue Me Application, or visitingwww.greenflag.com

Green Flag Motoring Assistance is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales no 1179980. U K Insurance Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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Over 13 million (27%) people will be bumping up the milometer over Easter, reveals new research from Green Flag breakdown service. 10:30 am on Friday 6th April will be the peak time for “hot-cross-bums on car seats” as more people will be heading out at that time for their Easter break than at any other time over the long weekend.

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Reducing fuel duty will save UK household budgets more than £1 billion

Press Releases   •   Mar 08, 2012 08:43 GMT

To coincide with planned demonstrations calling for Chancellor George Osborne to reduce petrol prices by 5p per litre, Green Flag has calculated the estimated saving for British households if this discount were to be implemented.

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Green Flag has breakdown experts available all weekend for broadcast interviews

Press Releases   •   Feb 03, 2012 15:11 GMT

Snow is forecast to affect Central England, Wales and Scotland Temperatures to plummet to -4 in places 53 per cent increase in breakdown callouts for non-starts and flat batteries Drivers warned to take extra care with ice on the roads

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Back to work breakdown blues - don't get caught out

Press Releases   •   Jan 03, 2012 13:34 GMT

  • January 3rd 2012 is the most likely day for motor breakdowns.
  • Check your car in advance before you travel

The back to work blues could become the breakdown blues for those who find their car won't start after the Christmas break. New research reveals that January 3rd – the first day of work for many people this year – is likely to be a notoriously busy day for car breakdowns.

Green Flag is expecting January 3rd to be 50% busier than an average Tuesday as people return to work after the Christmas break.

The days which fall after public holidays are when most people need help with getting their car started. The most common reason for call outs is for non-starting vehicles, mainly resulting from flat batteries.

Miranda Schunke, spokesperson for Green Flag comments: "Icy conditions and wet, cold weather means cars are far more likely to break down in winter. Batteries fail more often in these conditions, and the increased use of de-misters, heaters and windscreen wipers places an extra strain on them.

"In addition, people tend to use their cars less over the holiday period while they spend more time at home. To find that your car won't start on the first day of work can really upset your plans and feel like a bad beginning to the New Year. The advice is to carry out your checks at least a day before you travel and take the car for a short drive to make sure you don’t have any unwelcome surprises first thing on Tuesday morning."

The top ten most common causes for call outs:

Non-starts/Flat batteries
Accidents
Problems with the tyres
Problems with the drive
Electrical problems
Mechanical problems
Cooling system
Fault with the keys
Lack of fuel
Problems with the exhaust.

Avoid a breakdown this winter with these tips from Green Flag:

Flat batteries account for almost 50% of all requests for breakdown assistance.

Most garages can test your battery for you, many of them offering this service free of charge.

A sluggish start is a sign that the battery is getting old and may need replacing.

Perform some basic checks a day or two before setting out on a journey: check your brakes, lights and windscreen wipers are all working as well as checking your tyres, water and oil. Also check your exhaust and radiator for cracks or leaks.

Try to keep your fuel tank at least half full: this helps to keep the petrol line from freezing and lets you keep the heater running should you break down.

Adapt your driving style to account for the weather. Driving slower and keeping your distance from the car in front will help prevent accidents.

Keep a few essentials in the car when travelling in winter and in particular at night: a fully charged mobile phone, warm clothing, a bottle of water, torch, shovel and ice scraper.

ENDS

Green Flag

With over 40 years experience, Green Flag provides customers with breakdown cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Customers have access to a network of breakdown operators across the UK and mainland Europe.

Green Flag is part of RBS Insurance, which is wholly owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Customers can find out more about Green Flag products or get a quote by calling 
0845 246 1557, connecting via the Green Flag Rescue Me Application, or visiting www.greenflag.com

Green Flag Motoring Assistance is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales no 1179980. U K Insurance Limited are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

The back to work blues could become the breakdown blues for those who find their car won't start after the Christmas break. New research reveals that January 3rd – the first day of work for many people this year – is likely to be a notoriously busy day for car breakdowns.

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Founded in 1971 as the National Breakdown Recovery Club, Green Flag was the first real alternative to the AA and RAC. Today we provide breakdown cover for over 5 million UK drivers.

A roadside repair rate of 86% (based on 925,842 call outs, May 2009 – April 2010) and cover that includes flat batteries, tyres and even being locked out of you car, have helped us to win ‘Best Breakdown Provider’ from Your Money Magazine six years in a row.

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