Worse weather to cause five breakdowns a minute

Worse weather to cause five breakdowns a minute
The RAC is warning drivers to prepare as thousands of extra breakdowns are expected over the coming wintery weekend.

Five breakdowns a minute are expected on Sunday with seven per minute by Monday.

Cold, wet conditions look set to bring snow and ice for many UK regions, with as many as 7,500 breakdowns anticipated on Sunday 10 December, when the weather is expected to be at its worst.

The RAC advises any drivers making journeys from Friday to check over their vehicle before setting off, to reduce the likelihood of breaking down in the conditions.

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The RAC expects somewhere in the region of a 13% uplift in callouts during the busiest points of the weekend, compared to what is considered normal for early December.

A staggering 43,000 breakdowns are predicted between Friday and Monday alone – a 4,000 hike on the usually-expected tally.

It is also reminding drivers to ‘slow down, make space, and move on’ past other breakdowns, to ensure the safety of roadside workers – after horrific images released last week offered a stark reminder of the risks patrols take every day.

James Knight, the RAC’s director of roadside operations says despite the upcoming arctic blast, the organisation’s roadside patrols are prepared and will be “working around the clock to assist our members who find themselves in difficult situations.”

“The message to drivers when out on the road over the next few day is to stay safe,” he says. “Build in more time for your journey and think twice before driving longer distances if the journey isn’t really essential.

“Before you set out, thoroughly clear your windscreen and roof of snow and ice, make sure the windscreen is completely demisted, and switch on your headlights.”

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Mr Knight reiterates there is plenty motorists can do now to reduce their chances of breaking down – from checking the condition of their tyres to ensuring windscreen wipers and lights are performing to maximum potential.

Having enough screenwash is also critical in keeping a clear windscreen, at a time when dirt and grit prove an added nuisance.

“As it is going to be cold everywhere, we also recommend motorists put together a kit that can help keep themselves and their passengers safe and comfortable if they are unlucky enough to have their car fail on them,” he adds.

“This should include some spare warm clothes and blankets, food and drink, high visibility jackets, a first aid kit, a torch and spare batteries. Also make sure that mobile phones for all occupants are fully charged so you can easily call for help if you need to.”

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