Battery issues continue to cause havoc for motorists

After a quieter start to the day, calls to RAC have picked up to 2,200 calls per hour.

Non-starts, frozen cooling systems and wipers frozen to the windscreen continue to be the main causes of breakdowns.

Northern England (Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, East Midlands and Newcastle) and Scotland remain the busiest areas and RAC has drafted extra Patrols into these areas to help motorists get on their way as quickly as possible as well as having additional staff taking calls from customers.  Driving conditions remain treacherous particularly in Scotland.

Since the beginning of the current bad weather on 25 November batteries issues have been the number one fault for call-outs to RAC.  Over the last two weeks we have fitted over 10,000 batteries with the busiest day being Monday 29 November when we fitted 1,200 batteries – equivalent to one battery fitted every 72 seconds.

Motorists may well be faced with another frozen windscreen in the morning as sub-zero temperatures are expected again overnight and roads may also be treacherous.  However as the week progresses temperatures are expected to rise for a few days giving some respite before a further blast of arctic weather returns next week.

Alan Wilcock, RAC Patrol Ambassador of the Year, says: "With a temporary end to the cold spell in sight, I would remind drivers to make sure their wipers are not frozen to the windscreen when they turn them on.  We've had numerous call-outs where motorists have blown a fuse or damaged the wiper motor by not releasing the wiper blades." 

"Spray with de-icer or tepid water to release them and save yourself the inconvenience of having to call for help."