UK Drivers Brace for Severe Congestion as 13 Million Leisure Trips Expected

UK Drivers Brace for Severe Congestion as 13 Million Leisure Trips Expected

…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media. UK Drivers Face Severe Congestion with 13 Million Expected Leisure Trips


This weekend, UK drivers are being warned about significant road congestion as nearly 13 million leisure trips are anticipated across the country.

The RAC estimates that between Friday and Monday, around 12.6 million people will embark on day trips or holidays by car, resulting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Holiday Season and School Breaks: As the majority of schools in England and Wales begin their summer break on Friday, congestion is expected to peak as holidaymakers compete for road space with commuters.


Traffic Hotspots and Motorway Delays: Transport analysis company Inrix predicts that traffic hotspots will include the southbound M5 from Junction 15 near Bristol to Junction 23 in Bridgwater, a popular route for those traveling to the South West.

Another motorway stretch prone to hold-ups is the clockwise M25 between Junction 10 for the A3 to Kingston and Junction 6 for the A22 to East Grinstead.

Avoiding Congestion: To avoid lengthy queues, drivers are advised to refrain from traveling on major roads between late morning and early evening from Thursday to Sunday.

Comments from RAC Spokesman: RAC spokesman Rod Dennis acknowledges the enduring popularity of the UK as a holiday destination, leading to an influx of drivers hitting the roads as schools close for summer.

He highlights that routes heading south and west, particularly those towards the West Country, are likely to encounter the longest queues.


Drivers using the southbound M5 from Bristol should anticipate bumper-to-bumper traffic, with those traveling outside peak periods having a better chance of a smoother journey.

Importance of Car Maintenance: Dennis also emphasizes the significant increase in breakdowns this year, likely due to drivers relying on their vehicles for both leisure and work while grappling with high fuel prices.

As a result, some drivers have cut back on car maintenance.

To mitigate this risk, the RAC urges drivers to take preventive measures to avoid breakdowns.

Basic checks should be performed, including ensuring proper levels of oil and coolant, inspecting tire tread, and maintaining proper tire inflation.


In conclusion, drivers in the UK should brace themselves for severe congestion as millions embark on leisure trips.

The advice is to plan travel outside peak periods, especially on popular routes heading south and west, and to conduct basic car maintenance to reduce the risk of breakdowns.

Stay informed and make necessary preparations to ensure a smoother journey during this busy holiday season.

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