Rush hour traffic skating on ice

RUSH hour travellers have been warned they will be skating on thin ice this evening as roads freeze.

RUSH hour travellers have been warned they will be skating on thin ice this evening as roads freeze.

Badly-affected areas are likely to be treacherous as the snow compacts and turns icy.

Motoring group, the AA, has advised motorists to minimise the use of brakes to reduce the risk of sliding, keep speed down, stay in a higher gear to aid traction, read the road ahead; anticipate hazards and keep well apart from other vehicles.By 4pm the AA had attended around 12,000 breakdowns since midnight across the UK and expects to attend around 16,000 breakdowns by the end of the day.

The East is among the worst affected areas, along with Glasgow, Newcastle and London.