With temperatures set to fall below freezing point in the next few days, AA roadwatch have avidly warned motorists. Elaine O’Sullivan, Acting Editor of AA Roadwatch stated that "Any sudden change in weather conditions, be it snow, ice or heavy rainfall can have a serious impact on traffic across affected areas. Motorists will need to slow down for their own safety, resulting in longer journey times, but you will also see more cars on the roads in affected areas, when sleet or snow is falling and building up on your windscreen it can be quite difficult to see vulnerable road users, such as cyclists or pedestrians, so it’s important that motorists adapt their driving accordingly,” Elaine added. “By slowing down, allowing extra overtaking room where possible and taking extra care motorists can do their part to keep the roads safe even in the worst conditions.”
The AA is also preparing for a spike in in breakdown assistance callouts as a result of the change in conditions, with motorists being advised that colder temperatures can result in older or weaker batteries becoming defective. Drivers who haven’t already done so are encouraged to give their car a quick once-over to ensure the vehicle is fully winter-ready.