AA warns drivers of icy roads as cars come out of hibernation

The AA confirmed that conditions on many roads were appalling this morning.

An expected 10m cars will be travelling today as commuters mix with shoppers and holiday makers still visiting family and friends according to polling from the AA Populus panel.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “Yesterday we rescued 36 drivers actually stuck in snow and 23 stuck on ice. This morning the main problem is the dicey icy roads. With sub-zero temperatures overnight much of the snow, slush and rain has turned to ice particularly on untreated rural roads. Drivers need to slow down and keep a distant from the car in front and if possible stick to the busier main roads which tend to be gritted.

“Our AA patrols have been busy this morning particularly with flat batteries as many drivers emerge from their Christmas hibernation when they haven’t used the car and now find it won’t start. Again drivers should prepare their cars by checking windscreen wash fluid, tyre pressures and ensuring they have coats, food and drinks in their vehicles.”


AA-Populus research* – Christmas and New Year travel expectations

On which of the following days around Christmas do you expect to use your car for a journey over 20 miles?


Date Visiting family/ friends Shopping/ other day trip Travel to/ from work Going/ returning from holiday Total
Thursday 28 December 8% 11% 11% 2% 31%
Friday 29 December 8% 10% 11% 2% 30%
Saturday 30 December 9% 12% 6% 2% 28%
New Year’s Eve/Hogmanay (31 Dec) 11% 6% 4% 1% 23%
New Year’s Day (1 Jan) 9% 4% 3% 2% 18%
Tuesday 2 January 5% 6% 17% 2% 30%


AA advice on driving in snow. https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/seasonal/winter

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