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Holidays start with a breakdown.

THE bank holiday getaway was brought to a standstill for many motorists as soaring temperatures led to an increase in breakdowns yesterday.

Nearly 300 drivers of overheated vehicles called the AA to be rescued by 3pm yesterday, compared with around 150 on an average day.

Much of the UK basked in temperatures that, in places, reached the 80s.

Many of the problems for motorists were caused by engines overheating due to a leak in the heating system or very low oil levels, according to the AA.

It also warned that poorly inflated tyres can quickly overheat.

It was expected to be the busiest spring bank holiday weekend for traffic in four years, with the RAC estimated that 16.5 million leisure journeys will be taken between Friday and Monday.

This is 1.2 million more than last year and a rise of nearly 2.5 million on 2015.

The M25 London orbital was especially busy as holiday traffic mixed with the usual Friday commuter home.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2017
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