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7 February 2012
More misery as big freeze continues – AA advice and breakdown update
Over the last four days, the AA has attended around 63,000 breakdowns – averaging around 75% busier than normal – and, despite the absence of snow, a winter brew of low temperatures, ice and freezing fog is continuing to cause problems for road users, says the AA.
By midday on Tuesday the AA had attended around 7,000 breakdowns nationally – down from more than 9,000 at the same time on Monday. Call-outs peaked this morning at around 1,500 every hour and the AA expects to attend around 16,000 for the day, up from around 9,500 on a normal Tuesday – around 70% busier than normal.
Darron Burness, the AA’s Head of Special Operations, says: “Ice and freezing fog is making for challenging driving conditions over the next few days, especially early in the morning.
Black ice is far more treacherous than snow, as it’s virtually impossible to spot
Darron Burness, AA head of special operations
“Black ice is far more treacherous than snow, as it’s virtually impossible to spot. Take particular care on untreated side roads and, if it’s slippery, do everything slowly because it can go wrong very quickly. Our Land Rover patrols were kept busy yesterday pulling out vehicles that had slid off the road, usually the result of going too fast or paying insufficient attention.”
Edmund King, AA president, says: “Many parts of the country are experiencing freezing fog and patchy fog. It is essential to slow down and be seen in the fog. Check that you know where your fog lights are before you set off, as searching for the switch while driving in fog can lead to a collision.
“Remember it is dangerous to drive with your fog lights on when it is not foggy as it can easily dazzle other drivers or lead them to think you are braking quickly. The police can also fine you for leaving your fog lights on.”
As at 12:00, the AA has attended around 7,000 breakdowns across the UK so far today, currently around 1,200 call-outs every hour but peaking at around 1,500 every hour earlier;
(7 February 2012)