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Harsh facts of life on the hard shoulder; MOTORS.

UK MOTORISTS will break down an average of 20 times during their lives behind the wheel, according to findings by Direct Line Breakdown.

This suggests drivers are likely to break down a minimum of once every three years, with flat tyres the top cause for women motorists and flat batteries the top cause for men.

Both are laid back about running out of petrol, with four in ten happy to drive with their fuel gauge in the red, confident the vehicle will travel that extra mile.

Male drivers are 50 per cent more likely to break down by running out of petrol than women, at 12 per cent versus eight per cent, based on a survey of more than 2,000 UK drivers.

A quarter of women said they would be anxious or afraid if another motorist stopped to help them at the roadside.

Drivers in North Scotland are the most likely to break down because they cover the most miles a year, averaging 12,412 miles. Those in the South- west should prove least in need of rescuing with an annual distance of just 7,424 miles travelled.

UK motorists travel 9,628 miles a year. Men drive 10,902 miles compared to 8,226 for women.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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