As Storm Callum is due to hit the UK on Friday, leading breakdown cover provider, Green Flag, has predicted over 22,500 breakdowns will occur on Britain’s roads as a result of the hazardous conditions. This equates to a staggering 16 breakdowns a minute taking place across the country.
The Met Office has issued several weather warnings, informing motorists of the risk of heavy rain and strong winds. With the turbulent conditions expected to cause havoc on UK roads, Green Flag has predicted around a 10 per cent increase in breakdowns being expected on Friday.
Simon Henrick, Head of News at Green Flag, commented: “Following the damage and disruption of Storm Ali and Storm Bronagh last month, the severe weather conditions are set to affect large parts of the UK as Storm Callum hits Britain. The stormy conditions are due to disrupt public transport, meaning more vehicles on the road, increasing the percentage of breakdowns as a result.
“At Green Flag, we want to ensure that drivers stay as safe as possible. By only driving when strictly necessary, or by thoroughly checking their cars before they leave home and approaching the roads with caution, drivers can decrease the risk of encountering a problem on the roads this weekend.”
In response to the hostile weather, Green Flag has issued a set of common sense tips on how to drive in the stormy conditions.
Green Flag’s Common Sense Tips On Driving In Windy Weather:
1. Do you have to drive? Avoiding travel in stormy weather is the safest, if not always the most practical, course of action.
2. Plan your journey and check for disruption
3. Hold that door! When you’re opening a car door in strong winds, especially from the inside, have a firm grip of the door handle and be prepared for the wind to catch it.
4. Get a grip – of the steering wheel – make sure to keep grip of the steering wheel with both hands
5. Leave more room on the road – think about buying an in-car charger just in case you need it