I’m a roadside mechanic with AA – drivers always make the same mistake & it could cost them their lives

A ROADSIDE mechanic with AA said motorists keep making the same mistake and it could cost them their lives.

Nick Powell, 27, AA Patrol of the Year, detailed a number of ways the British public can stay safe and prevent accidents.

A road mechanic with AA said motorists always make the same mistakes


A road mechanic with AA said motorists always make the same mistakesPhoto credit: Getty

Nick operates out of Romiley on the outskirts of Manchester, rescuing AA members in his famous yellow van throughout North West England.

The married father of two joined AA five years ago.

“It’s so important to keep track of your car’s maintenance and general checks,” the AA Roadside Service (RSS) inspector told the Mirror.

“You should do a quick check of your tires and under your hood once a week.”

“If you go on a long trip, you should check tire pressure, oil level, coolant and windshield washer beforehand.

“And if you break down, it’s important to get out of the car if it’s safe to do so and stay clear of oncoming traffic.”

If you do not check in advance that your car is working properly and does not swerve out of the flow of traffic in the event of a breakdown, this can lead to a life-threatening accident.

Nick added that it’s advisable to pack a drink, blanket and medication in case of a delay.

He also said that in the event of a breakdown, you should call your representative and provide your location via the AA app or what3words.

This comes after it was revealed motorists were showering AA with calls as figures showed some communities are taking nearly two years to repair the road craters.

Freedom of Information disclosures show that Derbyshire’s roads are the most disrupted with 90,596 pothole reports in 2021/22.

Lancashire County Council had 67,439 and Northumberland County Council 51,703.

AA chief Edmund King said: “The current plague of potholes is clearly putting Britain on a path to despair.”


TaraSubramaniam is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Dailynationtoday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: tarasubramaniam@dailynationtoday.com.

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