If you’re planning load up the car and head away this summer, then be prepared: the roads are expected to be packed, with 16m staycations planned during school holidays alone.

That’s according to a study of 2,500 drivers by RAC Breakdown, which expects unprecedented levels of traffic on UK roads[1].

The RAC expects the largest numbers of holidaymakers (30%) to head to the West Country (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset), followed by Scotland (14%), Yorkshire (8%), the Lake District (6%) and East Anglia (6%).

If you’re taking to the road then 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.

Even if you avoid the major motorways and are taking a cross-country route, then you still need to take care and plan ahead. After all, rural roads can be particularly dangerous.

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 you 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 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! 

For more tips and guidance on staying safe on the roads, read more on Solved.


[1] https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/news/motoring-news/rac-forecasts-unprecedented-summer-on-the-uks-roads-with-16m-staycations/