…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.
Motorists in the UK are being warned to prepare for heavy traffic during the upcoming late May bank holiday weekend.
It is expected to be the busiest weekend on the roads since 2019, according to a survey conducted by the RAC, which involved 2,138 drivers.
Anticipated Leisure Car Trips
The survey findings indicate that approximately 19.2 million leisure car trips will take place across the UK between Friday and Monday.
This suggests a significant increase in travel as people embark on bank holiday getaways.
Friday: Peak Traffic Day
Friday is expected to witness the worst traffic congestion during the four-day weekend, as holidaymakers contend for road space with regular commuters.
Transport data company Inrix predicts that some sections of the M25, such as the stretch from Junction 23 for Hatfield to Junction 28 for Chelmsford, and the anticlockwise route toward the Dartford Crossing, may experience journey times up to three times longer than usual.
Potential Delays on Key Routes
Long delays are also anticipated on the M5 in Somerset and the M6 in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, further adding to the expected traffic congestion and travel disruptions.
Concerns about Vehicle Breakdowns
RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis expressed concerns about a potential increase in avoidable breakdowns, particularly due to a lack of essential maintenance by financially strained households.
He emphasized the importance of checking oil and coolant levels, as well as ensuring proper tire condition and inflation, to minimize the risk of breakdowns during the busy weekend.
Survey Details and Expert Insights
The survey was conducted by research company Find Out Now, capturing the sentiments of drivers regarding their travel plans.
Bob Pishue, a transportation analyst at INRIX, emphasized that with the high number of travelers expected on the roads, drivers should anticipate significant delays, especially in and around major cities, as holiday traffic mixes with regular commuters.
INRIX predicts that travel times could be nearly 30% longer than usual on average.
Conclusion: Preparing for Congestion and Increased Travel Times
Motorists are advised to be prepared for heavy traffic and potential delays during the upcoming bank holiday weekend.
With a surge in leisure car trips and the mix of holidaymakers and commuters on the roads, taking necessary precautions and conducting essential vehicle maintenance can help minimize disruptions and ensure a smoother journey for those planning to travel.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn