THE CAUSES OF MOTOR BREAKDOWNS.
THE analysis of the causes of breakdowns in motor cars issued annually by the R.A.C. is now available. The figures are compiled in conjunction with the operation of the Club’s” Get you Home ” scheme. This provides for the use of a free relief car to members in the event of a breakdown or accident occurring whilst they are on the road, and the actual cause of the breakdown is specified in each case.
In 1933, the number of cases dealt with was 11,983, and this figure is a matter of interest. During 1933, the car Associate-Membership of the R.A.C. increased by 8.94% the number of cars dealt with under the Club’s breakdown scheme decreased by Just over 4%. This is the first time such a percentage decrease has been recorded and suggests an increasing measure of realiability in modern cars. It will be seen from the comparative figures given with the analysis that there is little variation from year to year, although there are one or two outstanding exceptions, the most satisfactory being the accident figure, which has shown a small but progressive decline from year to year. On the other hand, the troubles arising from carburation are steadily increasing. Front axles and steering show a satisfactory improvement, whilst the
figures for wheels and suspension is the best hitherto recorded. Ignition and axle shafts continue to be the most prolific cause of breakdown and although it is probably true that neglect or misuse on the part of owners may be the underlying cause of the trouble, the
Club is of the opinion that these two items merit the attention of manufacturers in order to render them if possible, somewhat more fool-proof. The following are the figures for 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1933 respectively :
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