On the way to friends and family: RAC estimates that there will be 15 million trips this weekend – most of them on a May bank holiday since 2016
- Motorists are expected to use the simplified restrictions to visit friends and family and to spend days on weekends on May holidays
- The roadside assistance provider says drivers are planning 14.8 million leisure trips
- Saturday is seen as the busiest day for traffic with 2.6 million planned trips
- This could increase further to 6.25m as they haven’t decided what day of the holiday weekend they will take to the streets
The volume of traffic is expected to increase this weekend as the British use a bank holiday with simplified blocking rules according to initial estimates.
Drivers are told to plan ahead to avoid delays. Almost 15 million leisure trips are expected to take place between today and Monday – most of them on a May bank holiday weekend for the past five years.
RAC Breakdown said that despite the changeable weather forecast, drivers are still keen to take advantage of the recent easing of Covid restrictions to see friends and family or take day trips.
According to RAC Breakdown, the streets of the UK are expected to be filled with around 15 million leisure trips this May holiday weekend, estimated Friday through Monday
A quick survey of 1,050 British drivers conducted by Monday this week found that an estimated 62 percent more leisure trips are planned for the coming holiday weekend than at Easter.
The numbers show that Saturday will be the busiest day with 2.6 million trips planned.
Today the RAC expects around 2.3 million cars on the road and another 2 million on Monday.
Another 6.2 million trips are said to be made at some point over the weekend by drivers who aren’t sure what day they’ll be out – suggesting many are waiting to find out exactly what the weather has in store for them.
Number of vacation trips forecast for the May bank holiday weekend
Friday April 30th: 2.3 million
Saturday May 1st: 2.63 million
Sunday May 2nd: 1.64 million
Public holiday Monday, May 3rd: 1.97 million
Are you planning a trip during this period, but you do not know which day (s): 6.25 million
TOTAL: 14.79 million
Source: RAC Breakdown Survey of 1,050 Riders
While Covid continues to influence some drivers’ desire to get around, and for that reason a fifth do not plan to take a car vacation at all over the holiday, the number has declined since Easter when 25 percent said they didn’t. t travel because of the pandemic.
If the predicted traffic numbers are realized, it will be the busiest May holiday on the streets since 2016, according to the breakdown provider’s records.
Rod Dennis, traffic spokesman for the RAC, said, “After one of the quietest Easter on the streets in years, our numbers suggest that easing Covid restrictions has made a dramatic difference as millions more drivers plan to hit the streets .
“It remains to be seen what effect the weather will have if a gathering in damp parks and gardens is not quite as appealing.
“And if it’s too cold to go to the beach, there can be a sharp increase in visits to shops, cafes and restaurants with covered outdoor areas.
‘Still, the prospect of queues in the streets – especially to large shopping malls – is far more likely this coming weekend. We encourage drivers to plan ahead and follow local traffic reports to find out if there is any disruption.
“Given that almost a fifth of the drivers we surveyed have not yet decided on which day they will be traveling on the long weekend, it may well be the case that the weather plays a crucial role on which days when they are most busy .
“Every sunnier, warmer day could lead to a lot more people jumping into their cars.”
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