If you’re planning to drive to an airport, port or away for a staycation this weekend, then be prepared: the roads are expected to be packed, with 13.4 million summer getaways expected.

This would be the highest number of summer getaway trips in a single weekend for five years, according to the RAC, which compiled the numbers with INRIX. 

This Friday - or ‘Frantic Friday’, as the RAC is calling it - could be particularly busy as the usual end-of-week congestion coincides with the last day of term for many schools. 

According to data provider INRIX, the longest traffic jams are likely to happen on the M1 and M25. The RAC has provided an overview of the predicted crunch points to watch out for.

If you’re heading away this weekend, plan your routes in advance, avoiding popular routes and busy times, if possible. Also, have a back-up route to turn to, if needed, and if your journey takes longer than expected, remember to take regular rest breaks, so you don’t drive while tired.

Prepare your car

July and August are the busiest months for breakdowns on motorways and major A-roads, according to Highways England. 

So, as well as doing what they can to avoid the summer traffic, motorists are being urged to take the time to catch up on some basic car maintenance before heading off this weekend.

Highways England has dubbed this Friday ‘check your vehicle day’ and suggests motorists start with the following simple checks to keep their cars - and everybody else’s - moving: 

  • Check your tyres, including the spare, are in good condition and have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm.
  • Use your dipstick to check your engine oil and top up if needed.
  • Keep your screen wash topped up so you can keep your windscreen clean.
  • Check all your vehicle’s lights work properly.
  • Make sure you have enough fuel to reach your destination. 

Car prepared and journey route checked, next comes the good bit - enjoying your summer holiday! 

 

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