Up to 15 million trips a day expected over Easter weekend

Traffic jams in England

Traffic is to peak on Saturday 8 April with at least 15 million journeys taking place, as Brits seek to join family and friends for the Easter break.

However, with wet weather predicted, the AA is advising drivers to slow down to avoid aquaplaning on motorways and major A roads.

Drivers and families will remain hopeful that the Easter weekend won’t be a complete washout, but the AA is encouraging drivers to take their time should the forecast remain gloomy.

As well as standing water and slippery streets, drivers should remember that stopping distances increase when there is rain and vehicles carry more weight.

Traffic will peak on Saturday and Easter Sunday will see around one in seven (14%) taking the opportunity to visit friends and family.

Easter Monday is predicted to be the quietest single day but will still see around 12.5 million cars on the roads with 15% of those intending to drive still undecided about where they’ll be heading.

With unfavourable weather in store, one in twenty (5%) still intend to travel by road to the coast or countryside for leisure purposes at some point over the weekend.

Drivers, especially those using country roads, are advised to be on the lookout for vulnerable road users as poor weather often hinders driver visibility.

Nick Powell, AA Patrol of the Year, said: “With the Easter weekend being the first opportunity of the year for some real family time, it’s tempting to throw the bags in the boot and get going.

“But whether you’re visiting family or indulging in some retail therapy, it’s important to prepare your car for the journey before heading off.

“A few simple checks could stop car trouble from interrupting your plans so it’s well worth taking ten minutes to check your oil, coolant and windscreen wash levels.

“Ensure you have plenty of fuel or EV charge in case of long delays and check all the lights are working.

“Finally, before hitting the road – check the tyre pressures – not forgetting the spare if you have one.

“If you’re towing a caravan or trailer, check tyres for cracks or bulges, especially if they’ve been left standing for a while.”

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