Summer posting is no holiday for AA patrols
In hot summer weather the AA puts on extra patrols in the Westcountry, relocating some of its staff from other parts of the country.
"We issued our first warm weather update on 5 July – since then, we have attended around 37,000 breakdowns across the South West," said a spokesman.
"During warm weather, we see a sizeable increase in overheating, tyre-related issues and lost/damaged car keys."
He said the most common problems motorists face in the Westcountry were...
Overheating: a seized cooling fan, say through lack of use, is the most common initial cause of overheating, which can quickly become apparent when sitting in slow-moving traffic. If the fan motor has seized, the coolant will get hotter until it boils and is lost from the system. If you don't spot this and turn off the engine, you potentially risk a four-figure repair bill.
Tyre damage: high temperatures aggravate any existing tyre damage. Under-inflation (and/or over-laden) adds to the problem causing friction and more heat which can prove too much for weak spots, causing punctures and blow-outs.
Lost or damaged keys: key fobs and sand and sea water don't mix! People also tend to have fewer pockets during summer so tend to lock the keys in the car more often.