Coldest day for drivers in Scotland

Coldest day for drivers in Scotland

Drivers in the Scottish Highlands have borne the brunt of the winter's coldest temperatures so far, with more freezing conditions expected.

The RAC reported nearly a quarter more breakdowns than anticipated across Scotland on Monday and has issued advice to drivers who have to go out on icy roads.

In the Sutherland village of Kinbrace on Tuesday, the lowest temperature of the winter so far was recorded, at -12.4C.

The record could be short-lived, however.

The Grampians and Northern Highlands were favourites to set new low marks, while Met Office officials issued a yellow warning across Scotland.

This means that drivers should be aware of the possibility of ice and freeing temperatures, with forecasters tipping the extreme cold to return. The warning also applied to northern England.

The Oxfordshire village of Benson braved temperatures of -8.4C on Tuesday.

Simon Williams from the RAC says: "Our patrols dealt with 24% more breakdowns than expected in Scotland on Monday as the temperature plummeted to -12C.

"The North West of England saw a 17% increase while the most northern parts only saw an 11% rise in call-outs.

"Problems with burn-out clutches topped the list of the most commonly seen cold weather faults with a 31% increase compared to the previous seven days.

"Flat battery call-outs were up 26% and starter motor issues were not far behind on 22%.

"With more icy weather forecast motorists need to take extra care on the road by slowing down and leaving more space behind the car in front.

"But as our patrols have seen for many motorists the problems begin at home with cars that just don't start.

"If cars are slow to start it may be time to get the battery starting and charging system checked.

"And, if the cold conditions are joined by fog drivers will face great difficulty on the roads on Wednesday morning."

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