RAC warns of further chaos on the roads as arctic conditions continue

RAC Patrols worked through the night to rescue stranded motorists caught up in last nights travel chaos.

With the arctic weather continuing the South East, East Anglia, London, East Midlands and Yorkshire are the busiest areas this morning - with calls currently peaking at around 2,300 an hour - RAC is expecting more than the 14,000 calls that it received yesterday.

Sub-zero temperatures continue to mean many motorists are not even making it off their drives, with cars not starting still the most common problem.

With more snow and ice predicted across large parts of the UK today, 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. Wherever possible, RAC will attempt to fix the problem over the telephone to help drivers get on their way as soon as possible.

Alan Wilcock, RAC Patrol Ambassador of the Year, said: "This disruption is incredibly frustrating for motorists, but it's vital that drivers take extra care. In the worst affected areas, if you can avoid using the car or can work from home, then do so - prevention is far better than cure in these conditions."

"If you have to venture out - then slow down, back off from the car in front and give yourself plenty of time."

RAC has around 2000 patrols across the UK who can be accompanied by media to get an accurate 'view from the road.' It also has spokespeople available in London and at its key operations centre, near Birmingham, with access to views across the M6 and RAC's busy call centre.