There are still a few days to go, but already this February has been the busiest on record since 2001 for the AA breakdown service.
Despite warnings to check tyres and drive carefully, breakdowns and accidents were inevitable, as tyres slipped and slid across icy roads and drivers struggled to control their gliding vehicles.
In the first 11 days of February, the AA dealt with more than 133,000 breakdowns – 21,000 more than for the whole of February 2008.
And the snow and ice were also responsible for 44 per cent of the claims made to AA car insurance this month.
Of these 33 per cent involved cars sliding into the back of other vehicles and 31 per cent were drivers who came to grief on snow and ice, skidding into other objects.
Some notable claims include:
· A driver tried to avoid a parked car, hit a road sign, bounced off a tree and still hit the car he was trying to avoid.
· Another claimant said: ‘The car came straight at me on its roof. It bounced off my car and ended up back on its wheels. Fortunately the driver wasn’t hurt.’
· One expensive claim was for a customer who lost control going down a steep and icy street ‘hitting a dozen parked cars on the way’.
Ouch! Ouch! OUCH!
Alex, etryres National Call Centre