12 million cars could hit the roads over Christmas

Christmas getaway
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We've already seen a very busy weekend on the roads as many families head away for the festive period. However, the coming week could prove just as hectic, with as many as 12 million cars expected to take to the roads between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, according to the RAC.

Roads are expected to be particularly busy from today onwards, as many drivers try to make the most of fuel prices, which are lower than they have been for four years. Unsettled weather could also cause problems and, as a result, the RAC is suggesting that motorists make sure they are fully prepared for their journeys.

The Environment Agency and the AA have reminded drivers to be wary of flood water on their travels too, as Christmas Eve last year was their busiest in terms of flood rescues over the last five years. A substantial 642 vehicles had to be rescued from flood waters by the AA on Christmas Eve 2013 – a day when the Environment Agency put out 450 flood warnings.

The RAC predicts that Christmas Eve this year will see four million cars on the road, with that figure rising to 4.6 million on the big day.

National operations manager for the RAC, Matt Dallaway, told the Press Association: "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.

"So the message is for drivers to plan for their journeys ahead of time, and make sure their vehicles are properly winter-proof."