Thinking of heading out on to the motorway over the next few days? That may not be such a good idea.
The RAC is warning motorists that leisure traffic volumes will reach a high of 14.5 million travellers over the Easter weekend. The peak, they expect, will be Easter Sunday where there will be almost 3.75 million cars on the road as motorists travel to visit loved ones or return from an Easter break.
RAC data shows that motorists are planning a total of 12.8 million leisure car journeys over the four-day weekend, that rises to 14.3 million trips if you include people setting off after work on Thursday to make the most of the double Bank Holiday weekend.
RAC Traffic Watch spokesman Rod Dennis said: “The Easter getaway is the first big holiday break of the year for many people and 2017 promises to be no exception. While many schools across the country have already broken up, we’re expecting millions of working families to make the most of the long weekend and jump in the car for a leisure trip.”
“Things are a little different this year to last – with many schools having already broken up, a lot of traffic on Easter Sunday in particular will likely be families returning from trips.”
ROD DENNIS – RAC TRAFFIC WATCH SPOKESPERSON
The RAC are advising that if you are planning on travelling over the Easter weekend, be prepared to be sat in queues on the most popular routes.
“It is likely the usual main road arteries will suffer the consequences of lots of us trying to get away for the double bank holiday weekend by car. Our advice, if you can, is to head off early to beat other travellers, but to expect some jams on major routes.”
With the weather forecast for the weekend showing a colder temperature than the last few weeks, it may also be wise to pack a few jumpers and blankets for your Easter weekend getaway!