The RAC has recorded it busiest day for breakdowns on record, with around 12,000 drivers needing help – the equivalent of eight every minute of the day.
December 12 marked the the breakdown firm’s busiest ever day as the current cold snap continues with ice and some snow in places.
RAC Breakdown spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “We believe two key ingredients have combined to create the worst-ever winter breakdown cocktail – a sustained period of cold weather with an absence of widespread snow that would otherwise keep people indoors, and a big rise in the number of drivers who can’t afford to maintain their vehicles as well as they’d like to due to the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis.
“Today remains an incredibly demanding day for our patrols, with the rail strikes likely to force yet more people onto the roads.
“Hazardous road conditions are continuing this week following another major refreeze overnight.
“Those who have to use more rural roads that haven’t been gritted will need to exercise great care, delay or even abandon their plans.
“Before setting out, allow some more time to de-ice and de-mist your vehicle thoroughly.
“We urge drivers who have to make essential journeys to leave extra space behind the vehicle in front, reduce their speeds to give plenty of time to stop.”