Rain leads to problems for drivers

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HEAVY rain has led to more motorists across the region calling for help.

The RAC said it has seen a 15 per cent increase in rain-related calls across the North East and expected the number to rise to 25 per cent by the end of yesterday.

The heavy and prolonged rainfall has made driving conditions across the region treacherous, with call-out figures matching previous highs at the end of April and June.

RAC technical director David Bizley said: “During periods of sustained rain we always expect to see call-out rates rise but the volume of rain that has fallen in the space of two days has led to a particularly large spike in demand which – fortunately – we are coping with extremely well.

“Many rain-related breakdowns are easily avoidable as they are often caused by people driving through standing water.”