RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “In bad weather motorists can very easily find themselves stranded because of the sudden changes so it is vital they take every precaution when setting out on any journey.
“Checking the local weather regularly and making sure you have the right kit in the car – waterproof coat, blankets, boots and a fully charged mobile phone – is essential.
“Some breakdowns are avoidable through maintenance and preparation, so taking extra caution such as leaving more distance between you and the car in front is advisable.
“Even with well-prepared vehicles, if the weather looks like it’s going to get worse, try to make a sensible decision about how necessary it is you drive in the first place.”
Further detailed advice on driving in winter weather is also available from the RAC website