Weather Warning For Motorists

Following the storm that hit the UK last night the Environment Agency has issued 17 flood warnings in south-west England and another 152 flood alerts across England and Wales. If you need to drive as a matter of urgency please read our winter driving advice which includes how to drive in heavy rain and flooding and how to drive in high winds.

The M4 Second Severn crossing has reopened but the M48 Severn Bridge is still closed. Also, hundreds of trees have been blown down in London, the South and South-East.

Before you travel check the latest traffic news using our route planner and also get the latest weather warnings from the Met Office.

RAC spokesman Pete Williams said: “Many parts of the south of England experienced a significant battering from the storm and it appears that many motorists heeded warnings to delay their journey until the weather improved. That now seems to be the case with conditions improving. We have also been fortunate that it is half-term in many parts which has the effect of lowering overall traffic volumes.

“Our patrols saw a peak in call-outs between 6am and 8am and encountered many stricken motorists who had been involved in road traffic accidents and vehicles damaged as a result of driving into flood water. Other problems included call-outs for battery failure and other electrical faults directly related to excessive rain and flood problems.  We continue to have good cover today with additional patrols on call.

“We would still urge motorists to carry out some basic checks before embarking on any long journeys.  These include checking their windscreen wipers and to ensure that their tyres have adequate depth of tread and are at the correct pressure. It is also worth checking your oil, and coolant levels and to top-up the windscreen wash and it may be worth filling-up with fuel in advance if you have a long journey."