In Northern Ireland the RAC has fielded thousands of calls over the past two weeks and received twice as many requests for help earlier this week.
A spokeswoman told the Belfast Telegraph that on Monday its locally based service reported 111 breakdowns — double the amount it would normally have for that time of the week.
“It was double what we would normally get for a Monday,” she said.
“Overall yesterday wasn’t too bad compared to the rest of the country. But Monday was particularly bad. It was the first day back to work and school.”
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