Battery, the leading cause of breakdowns
Battery problems are still the root of most of the troubles experienced by drivers; whether they need jump-starting or replacing or have just run right down in the case of high-voltage batteries for electric vehicles, they’re the no
1 cause of breakdowns, according to the Automobile Club du Luxembourg’s 2018 breakdown statistics! Every year we compile a list of the most common causes of breakdowns that our breakdown mechanics encounter. Batteries come under particular strain when temperatures are either very high or very low and many are too ‘weak’ or old to start a cold engine. 21 instances of vehicles running out of fuel related to the batteries of electric vehicles.
The list opposite outlines the most common causes of breakdowns. It is by no means exhaustive, with patrol vehicles from the ACL’s roadside assistance service actually being called out a total of 47,500 times over the course of 2018.
The list also shows that the human factor is very often responsible for a ‘breakdown', caused, for example, by tyres being damaged from being parked on the edges of pavements, putting in the wrong fuel or locking the keys inside.