The current flurry of bank holidays comes to an end this weekend with the Spring bank holiday which also coincides with half term for most schools.
RAC predicts that traffic will start to build up on all major routes on Friday afternoon through until late evening as people head off for the weekend destination.
Some families may delay setting off so roads are also likely to be busy on Saturday morning. Monday evening and Tuesday morning will see greater volumes than normal as people make their way back home or to work. Busy routes will include:
Roads radiating out from and around the M25 London Orbital motorway
The M4 between London, the M4/M5 interchange at Bristol and into South Wales
The M6 through the West Midlands from J5 – J10 as well as J16 – J 19 and J31 – J32
Routes to major airports
RAC is also warning that if the weather is sunny, congestion on the main holiday routes will include:
1) Routes to the west of England (M4, M5, A303)
2) Routes from northern England to north Wales (M56, A55)
3) Routes to the Lake District (M6, A590)
4) Routes to Blackpool (M55)
5) Routes between the Midlands and Norfolk (A47)
Traffic in both north and south London is likely to busy on Saturday with the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United taking place at Wembley. In addition, the Aviva Premiership Rugby final between Leicester Tigers and Saracens is being held at Twickenham.
Kevin Andrews, RAC patrol ambassador of the year, says: “Traffic volumes to holiday resorts always pick up at the start of schools’ half term breaks along with the Spring bank holiday and, if the sun shines, RAC expects heavy traffic as families head for the beaches. I recommend drivers get away early and allow plenty of time to avoid the jams.
“I would also advise drivers to check their proposed route before setting off to make the journey as trouble-free as possible – visit www.rac.co.uk/route-planner to get directions, check traffic conditions and calculate fuel costs for your route in one single step.
“With fuel prices still extremely high – petrol up 13% on this time last year and diesel 15% more expensive, I would urge people heading off to unfamiliar areas to check where they can find the cheapest fuel and remember that driving at 60mph instead of 70mph could increase your fuel efficiency by up to 10%.”
To help keep the UK moving on the roads, RAC recommends the following tips for drivers to make the most of their bank holiday weekend:
1) Give your vehicle the ‘once over’ before you set off. Check your tyres aren’t damaged and are at the correct pressure, check your lights are clean and working and your oil and water is topped up
2) Allow extra time for your journey, especially if you’re heading for a popular resort or you’re travelling at peak times
3) Make sure you have enough fuel for your journey. Remember that the stop/start actions of sitting in traffic jams uses more fuel
4) Take plenty of refreshments in case of you get held up
5) Remember to take regular breaks on long journeys