‘Perfect storm’: Traffic delays expected this week as millions of Britons go on holiday

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With the arrival of the school summer holidays in England and Wales, an estimated 11.5 million leisure trips will be made by car. The study, from the RAC and INRIX, suggests that today (Wednesday) and Friday are to be the busiest days on the road in this period.

Around 2.6 million leisure trips are set to be made today, with a further 2.3 million drivers on the roads on Friday.

Because of this, journey times are likely to be severely affected with transport analytics experts INRIX predicting a 29 percent increase in delays on Friday, compared to typical July travel times.

Simon Williams, the spokesman for RAC Breakdown, commented on the expected traffic over the next few days.

He said: “We seem to have all the elements of a perfect storm on the UK’s roads this summer – with millions of drivers having already planned their staycation trips, plus the very real prospect of huge numbers more booking last minute if their foreign travel plans end in tatters because of Covid travel restrictions.

“With the current heatwave, the scene is really set for an incredibly busy few weeks on the country’s roads, whether that’s on motorways or on smaller, minor routes that take people to popular tourist destinations by the coast or in the countryside. 

“It’s never been more important to plan ahead to avoid the busiest times.

“With the roads likely to be so busy, we’re expecting the numbers of people needing our help to rocket, but it’s not too late to reduce your chances of breaking down.

“We’re taking steps to prepare for the unprecedented demand the breakdown industry is facing this summer due to both the UK staycation and the impact of the current self-isolation rules on staffing levels.


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“We’ll be doing all we can to get to those members who do break down as quickly as possible, in these very challenging circumstances.”

The RAC and Highways England are urging drivers to make sure their cars, and anything they may be towing, is up to the job.

With most drivers only completing shorter distances over the last few months, the chances of breaking down on a longer journey is increased.

Before and journey, drivers should always check their tyres, oil, cooler levels and screenwash levels.

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