How to avoid breaking down on your Jubilee road trip as 20MILLION cars hit the road for Queen’s weekend
The BRITS are preparing for cross-country travel chaos this weekend as 20 million cars hit the road for a Jubilee getaway.
So to make sure your Bank Holiday bumper starts off without a hitch, it’s important to make sure your engine is in top condition.
Highways were already packed early Wednesday morning as commuters tried to beat the rush tomorrow.
The platinum jubilee also collides with the end of midterm for many school children, creating a recipe for chaos on the roads.
And the precarious weather forecast threatens to create even more travel problems.
But while you’re loading up your red and blue bunting, it’s also important to make sure your vehicle is capable of making the grueling journey.
The RAC has now explained to drivers how to ensure smooth navigation during the busiest weekend of the year.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘Having public holidays coincide with the end of mid-term in many places has the potential to put additional strain on the road network, it is therefore important to plan a trip carefully to beat the worst of all queues.
“The best way for drivers to avoid breaking down this week is to check their vehicles before setting off – yet our research shows less than a fifth do this regularly.
“Making sure the oil, coolant and windscreen washer are all at the right level takes just a few minutes, as does making sure the tires are undamaged and inflated correctly.
“A little TLC now could be the difference between a straightforward journey and a trip plagued by breakdown.”
Practical advice and preparation for your road trip could make all the difference to your driving experience this weekend.r
The RAC has already warned that Friday June 3 will be the busiest day to hit the road – with 3.6 MILLION people heading out by car.
And the worst times to travel on that day will be between 7am and 2pm – with the A303 and M25 among the roads to watch for delays.
After Friday, the second worst day for travel is Thursday June 2, when 3.3 million drivers are expected to hit the road.
The busiest time of day is between 9am and 2pm – M5 and M25 being the most at risk.
Meanwhile, the quietest day on the roads this bank holiday will be Sunday June 5 – when 2.3million drivers will leave.
Between Wednesday and Saturday, anyone hitting the road for a late spring getaway is likely to face misery on the motorways and trunk roads.
Day-trippers wishing to avoid the biggest queues are asked to leave before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m., says traffic information provider Inrix.
Traffic hotspots include the M25 anti-clockwise from Junction 17 at Maple Cross Interchange, Hertfordshire to Junction 12 at Thorpe Interchange, Surrey.
The A303 passing Stonehenge, Wiltshire – a popular route for holidaymakers traveling south-west – will also be badly affected.