Don’t be one of the 81,000 road accidents predicted for the Big Freeze

Between Friday the 13th and Sunday the 15th Green Flag are predicting a whopping 81,571 breakdowns due to the treacherous conditions. Don’t be one of them…


Friday is predicted to be the worst day for predicted breakdowns, at 36,212 – maybe it’s something to do with Friday the 13th and it being the unluckiest day of the year, or maybe it’s just a coincidence. Saturday is predicted to bring 24,771 breakdowns with Sunday seeing 20,588.

With snow and icy conditions forecast across the country Green Flag is urging drivers to only make essential journeys to avoid the treacherous conditions where possible. If you do have to hit the roads, make sure you’re prepared for the worst, try to ensure you have the following items with you no matter what distance you are travelling.

Mobile phone and charger

Blanket and warm clothes

Water and snacks

Sturdy boots and a warm coat

Reflective jacket


Tow rope

Jump leads

De-icer spray and scraper

Be prepared

Make sure you prepare your car for winter, although you won’t necessarily be driving in snowy mountains, it pays to have your car ready for cold and wintry conditions.

Start under the bonnet. Ensure that your vehicle’s oil has the right viscosity and is between the maximum and minimum marks on the dipstick.

Check your battery connections are secure and corrosion-free.

If you’re battery is older than three years it might not hold its charge as effectively as a newer battery, check the level in the cells or have it professionally tested.

Go for a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water in your radiator to ensure reliability.

Low visibility is a major cause of road accidents, especially in winter, so replace your wiper blades with winter wipers if you’re a frequent driver and remember to replace you washer fluid with the correct winter fluid to ensure it won’t freeze.


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