According to the RAC, up to 17 million leisure trips by car are expected to be taken this Easter bank holiday.
This is a significant increase from the 13.5 million trips taken last year and will likely lead to long delays on major roads, particularly in the south and west of the UK.
The RAC is urging drivers to plan their journeys carefully and to allow extra time for their trips. They also recommend that drivers avoid travelling during peak times, which are expected to be between 3 pm and 6 pm on Good Friday and between 10 am and 4 pm on Easter Sunday.
The RAC has also identified a number of roads that are likely to be particularly busy, including the A303 westbound near Stonehenge, the M5 south between Bristol and Bridgwater, and the M25 anticlockwise between Hertfordshire and Surrey.
If you are planning to travel by car this Easter, it is important to be aware of the potential for delays and to plan your journey accordingly. You should also make sure that your car is in good condition and that you have a full tank of fuel.
Here are some tips for a better trip this bank holiday:
- Plan your journey carefully and allow extra time for your trip.
- Avoid travelling during peak times.
- Make sure your car is in good condition and that you have a full tank of fuel.
- Be patient and courteous to other drivers.
- Take breaks regularly to avoid fatigue.
- Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.
- Pack a snack and a drink in case you get stuck in traffic.
- Download a map or GPS app to your phone in case you lose signal.
- Let someone know your travel plans and when you expect to arrive at your destination.