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More than 12 million drivers to hit the roads over Christmas period

Date: 23/12/2014 09:22:31
Category: Car tracking
Author: Laura Varley

Fuelled by low petrol prices, more than 12 million Brits will be hitting the roads to visit loved ones between December 24-26, the RAC predicts.

Around four million motorists will be on UK roads on Christmas Eve, but this will rise to 4.6 million on Christmas Day. The RAC says it's important for drivers to prepare well for their journeys in advance and the AA and Environmental Agency advises Brits to stay out of flood water. The warning comes after Christmas Eve 2013 proved to be the busiest day for flood rescues in five years, as AA had to pull 642 vehicles from flooded areas, notes dailymail.co.uk. On the same day, the Environmental Agency had to issue 450 flood warnings.

Matt Dallaway, RAC national operations manager, said drivers need to ensure their vehicles are "properly winter-proof" before heading off.

"December has seen the UK's weather take on a distinctly unsettled and for some of us wintry flavour, and the signs are that this could continue through the week when many of us will be taking to the roads," he stated.

Brits will begin their Christmas road journey as early as today (December 22), as many are keen to take advantage of record-low petrol prices, reports rac.co.uk.

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