The recent cold snap has led to a surge in the number of car breakdowns, according to rescue provider Green Flag.
The group said snow, ice and heavy rainfall made Monday its busiest day for car breakdowns since January 2007.
And at the weekend, as thousands of motorists headed out in search of Christmas bargains, Green Flag recorded its highest volume of Sunday callouts since 23 December 2007 – when temperatures hit -4°C.
The wintry weather, which forecasters expect to continue across large parts of the Midlands, North England and Scotland, means motorists should be especially careful.
Head of Green Flag Dan Robinson said: ‘During the last four days, due to the severe weather conditions, we have rescued many motorists caught out in the snow and high levels of rain.
‘Motorists should plan for the worst, allowing extra time for their journeys and carrying warm clothing just in case they find themselves on a hard shoulder.’
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