'There were more vehicle breakdowns on motorways and major routes last year than there have been for half a decade, new figures from Highways England reveal.
An investigation by motoring title Auto Express revealed 224,225 recorded breakdowns between April 2018 and 2019, up from 189,256 four years earlier in 2014 to 15.
It's a worrying statistic considering the number of smart motorways with all-lane running enforced, meaning there is no hard shoulder for drivers and passengers to move out of danger and seek refuge away from fast-moving traffic immediately.
The M1 was found to have the most breakdowns - and it's the motorway with the most all-lane running sections in England.
Statistics from Highways England - the agency responsible for all motorways and major A-roads in the country - showed a 15 per cent rise in the number of vehicle breakdowns year-on-year.
Some of this can be attributed to the fact that fewer motorists are buying new cars, influenced by concerns about rapid depreciation of diesels and additional taxes and inner-city driving charges that are being enforced.
Auto Express found that the average age of vehicle in the UK has increased to 8.2 years in 2018, up from 7.8 years in 2015 and 6.8 years in 2003.'
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