Motorists should plan ahead for long journeys to ensure that the do not run out of fuel on the motorway, according to the Highways Agency.
Figures from the organisation indicate that 15,788 drivers’ cars broke down on the motorway in the 12 months to June 30th 2009 because they did not have enough fuel.
The agency warns that aside from the disruption to other drivers, breaking down also poses a safety hazard, perhaps risking an accident compensation claim.
Some 6.6 million holidaymakers are set to holiday in several destinations across the UK this year, figures from Kwik-Fit show, which could see an increase in traffic on Britain’s motorways.
In a bid to reduce the number of drivers that run out of fuel on roads in the UK below its current average of 43 per day, director of network operations at the Highways Agency Derek Turner suggests that drivers make an effort to "continually monitor" their vehicle’s fuel level over long distances.
He said: "The number of people breaking down simply because they have run out of fuel is alarming.
"It’s not only hazardous to the driver and passengers, but to other road users as well, especially if the vehicle has to stop in a live lane."