Drivers prep for travel problems as 18 million hit icy roads

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Car Rental News - 23/12/2010


Further travel chaos is expected as the big Christmas holidays kick off amid appalling conditions.

Services at British airports and on the railways are slowly returning to normal after several days of chaos caused by severe winter weather but the continuing icy conditions are threatening to bring travel misery as Britain’s Christmas getaway kicks off. Some 18 million drivers are set to hit UK roads for the holidays.

Overnight, temperatures fell to -12°C in some parts of the country. Few parts of Britain will see temperatures rise above freezing, which means many roads will be very slippery.

The Met Office has already given a severe weather warning covering the northeast of England and eastern Scotland. More snow is expected to fall in these areas today.

Traffic volumes are expected to peak later today as many Brits try to get back home before Christmas Eve or head out for some last-minute holiday shopping.

Yesterday, the AA dealt with 21,000 call-outs. Today, the motoring organization is readying itself to deal with another busy day. Edmund King, president of the AA, said many of Britain’s roads had been made extremely dangerous by ice and snow.

He said many roads were still open to traffic but the driving conditions were extremely dangerous as a result of the freezing temperatures. Weather forecasters say the sub-zero conditions are likely to last at least until next week.

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