Despite the closure of schools, colleges and an increase in the number of people working from home following Government advice relating to the Coronavirus outbreak, car breakdown callouts are continuing at a high rate ahead of the weekend.
According to AA Rescue, a leading Irish breakdown assistance provider, no noticeable reduction in car breakdowns was evident by late Friday morning. On a typical Friday, the organisation would attend to in the region of 100 breakdowns by the late morning – with 104 breakdowns reported to the AA this morning alone.
In line with government advice, the organisation is encouraging people to work from home where possible, and to limit non-essential social interactions.
“Ultimately, while there was a noticeable drop-off in traffic levels this morning compared to earlier in the week, it would not have been too dissimilar to a typical Friday – particularly a Friday ahead of a Bank Holiday. Traffic levels may continue to drop off from next week as people will have had more time to make arrangements to work from home. The most important thing at this time is that people follow the guidance of government in order to stay safe,” Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. “However, if you do have to travel, we want to ensure people that assistance in the event of a breakdown will remain available under the current government restrictions and we have taken pro-active steps to minimise any inconvenience or delays that may be faced in the event of a breakdown.”
For AA Members who find themselves in need of assistance, the best way to report a breakdown is via the AA App which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Those who wish to renew a Roadside Rescue Membership can also do so online via MyAA (which can also be used to renew an AA Motor or AA Home Insurance Policy. Those looking to purchase AA Membership for the first time (or buy motor, home or travel insurance) can do so online at www.theaa.ie.