RAC attends a record number of breakdowns in a day

Following an unprecedented Sunday, RAC has today had its busiest November day on record, attending over 14,000 breakdowns across the UK by the end of today.

Overall RAC will have rescued in excess of 55,000 drivers since the start of the bad weather.

With calls peaking at around 2,500 an hour - Wales, North-East England, East Anglia, South Yorkshire and the Midlands are currently the busiest areas.

However with temperatures plummeting and more snow set to spread across the UK drivers are advised to check local weather reports and traffic conditions before setting out, and in some areas, not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

RAC's fleet of 4 x 4 vehicles are in the worst affected areas and extra Patrols are on the ground to help stranded motorists.

RAC offers motorists the following advice when driving in these hazardous conditions:

  • Check local weather and traffic conditions before setting off and if you can avoid the trip do so
  • Give yourself extra time and stick to the main roads where possible as they're the most likely to have been treated
  • If you're travelling any distance, let someone know where you're going and when you expect to arrive
  • Make sure your car windows and lights are clear from ice and snow
  • Take extra clothing in the car, food and drink, scraper and de-icer, a charged up mobile phone, torch and potentially a shovel
  • Drive only as fast as the conditions allow and remember stopping distances are longer in ice and snow
  • Black ice can just appear to be wet patches on the road surface and tends to form on bridges and overpasses where the cold air can pass above and beneath the road surface
  • If the noise from your tyres on the road suddenly becomes quiet, it may well be you are driving on ice
  • Gentle manoeuvres are key to safe driving in ice and snow - use your accelerator, brakes, steering and clutch as gently as possible
  • If you're unfortunate enough to skid, steer into the skid and avoid the temptation to slam on the brakes