Tuesday (3 January) was one of the busiest days for breakdowns in the last 12 months.
More than 17,000 people needed assistance from The AA alone, on what is being dubbed ‘flat battery Tuesday’.
During the morning rush on the first working day of the year, the motoring organisation received one breakdown call every two seconds – an increase of 32% over a regular day.
Winter Driving Advice
With harsh frost forecast in the coming weeks, the AA is also advising drivers to be prepared for hazardous conditions and allow extra time for winter journeys, including time to de-ice the car.
John Snowling, AA patrol of the year, said: “With severe frost, driving conditions are likely to be hazardous so allow plenty of extra time and make sure the windscreen and windows, as well as headlights and mirrors, are properly cleared of ice. This will mean allowing a few minutes extra before you set off, but it also means that you will be doing so safely.
“Don’t be tempted to pour warm water over your glass – if there is already a chip, the sudden temperature change could lead to a crack developing, while the water that runs on to the drive could quickly turn into an icy slip hazard.
“Opportunist car thieves welcome the icy conditions, so never leave the car unattended with the engine running and the keys inside.
“If there is ice on your car, there is also likely to be ice on roads, especially untreated ones. Black ice can’t easily be seen, so drive gently and allow plenty of space between you and the car in front to account for increased stopping distances.”