September 30, 2023

Motorway traffic

Drivers are set to embark on as much as 17 million leisure journeys by automobile this Easter financial institution vacation, with Good Friday and Easter Sunday set to see the most important variety of journeys made.

Analysis by the RAC and information from transport analytics consultants INRIX suggests there could also be lengthy delays in elements of the south and west of the UK.

Good Friday might change into a ‘unhealthy’ Friday for drivers this 12 months, with an estimated 2.7 million ‘getaway’ journeys anticipated that day.

The A303 westbound close to Stonehenge, M5 south between Bristol and Bridgwater and M25 anticlockwise between Hertfordshire and Surrey are predicted to see greater than twice the conventional quantity of visitors, with automobile speeds decreased to simply 12mph at some factors within the day.

Easter Sunday is forecast to see an analogous variety of leisure journeys being made by drivers (2.7m), with Easter Saturday and Easter Monday solely barely much less busy with 2.3m separate journeys every.

Nevertheless it seems numerous drivers are ready to see what the good British climate has in retailer earlier than deciding which day to leap within the automobile – with the potential for an additional 7m journeys to be staggered all through the lengthy weekend.

And with deliberate engineering work on the railway, together with the closure of London Euston station over the entire weekend, extra individuals look sure to be compelled onto the roads.

The excellent news for drivers, if there’s some, is that Nationwide Highways is quickly lifting round 1,400 miles of roadworks from Thursday to assist alleviate the queues.

Figuring out that only a single breakdown may cause visitors to grind to a halt, the RAC is recommending drivers ensure that their autos are ‘road-ready’ earlier than setting off.

Prime suggestions for a greater journey this financial institution vacation – from groups on the RAC

  • “Be sure to’ve acquired sufficient gasoline in your automobile to get to your vacation spot. When you’re driving an electrical automobile, plan in your charging stops earlier than you set out and test any faults with chargers utilizing an app like Zap-Map.” – RAC patrol, japanese England
  • “Maintain any essential drugs that you just or your passengers want within the automobile with you, and carry some additional remedy in case you break down and get delayed.” – RAC patrol, japanese England
  • “Examine your degree of breakdown cowl matches the journeys you’ll be making. When you’re driving an extended distance, have you ever acquired nationwide restoration so you may get residence once more in case your automobile permits you to down?” – RAC customer support agent, West Midlands
  • “Maintain your locking wheel nut someplace you may simply discover it as this makes it faster for us to do a tyre change if wanted. And obtain and use the free MyRAC cell app because it makes it a lot simpler for us to seek out you.” – RAC patrol, south west England
  • “Examine your tyres each time, particularly the within entrance edges. And no matter you do, don’t begin a journey with a identified downside!” – RAC patrol, south west England