The New Year doesnt necessarily guarantee happy times for motorists and commuters as they go back to work, warns Europcar, the UKs leading vehicle rental company. Train fares have increased by an average of 6% with some services going up by as much as 11%* and 5th January has been declared breakdown day** as sub-zero temperatures. This coupled with the fact that cars have been left on driveways over Christmas, means many people will have trouble starting their engines this week. With news of train delays, forecasts of snow, and cash-strapped consumers cutting back on maintaining their cars, Europcar is urging travelers to pay attention to its winter motoring advice and take advantage of car rental to get from A to B more safely. Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director of Europcar says In a recent survey with YouGov we found that in a bid to cut motoring costs, 16% have cut costs in terms of servicing, maintenance (14%) and/or roadside assistance (11%).
At this time of year particularly, drivers need to take extra care on the roads. The risk of bad weather means motorists should take added precautions; looking after their car and ensuring they have everything they need in case of an emergency breakdown. Renting can often be the safer option, particularly when the family car proves to be unreliable in cold snaps. Europcar provides easy access to fully maintained cars covered by 24 hour roadside assistance, offering extra peace of mind when the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Europcars Winter Driving Advice
*Figures BBC News January 2009**Environmental Transport Association
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