The UK’s major roads are set to become a motoring battleground this Friday evening.
The RAC estimates that 7.5 million motorists will be travelling between Friday 17 and Sunday 19 July: Britain truly is gearing up for its very own ‘Black Friday’ on the roads – a term typically reserved for the French summer holiday grid-lock.
RAC head of external affairs Pete Williams said: “Our data shows that summer holiday traffic is going to be concentrated on our roads this coming weekend, causing gridlock and delays for many on the busiest ‘getaway’ routes. We’re expecting ‘Black Friday’ to be particularly hectic, as the majority of families will be commencing their journeys at the end of the day.
“Our advice is to try to leave first thing on Friday, or early on Saturday or Sunday before traffic builds. The usual coast-bound routes like the M5, A30 and A303 south and west into Devon, the M6 (both southbound, and northbound towards the Lake District) and the M1 are likely to see traffic jams. We expect that routes to Britain’s seaports will also be subject to delays.
“It is wise for motorists to do a quick check of their car before setting out. For example, check coolant, oil, washer fluid levels, and tyre pressure. Try not to overload your vehicle, and give a passenger a spare set of keys: there’s no quicker way to spoil the start of a family holiday than having them locked in the boot.”
Anticipated worst times to travel on the roads
- Friday 17 July between 4pm and 9pm
- Saturday 18 July between 9am and 4pm
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