Traffic is expected to be worst this evening.
Britain’s recent run of good weather will prompt more than 14 million motorists to hit the road this bank holiday weekend, according to the RAC.
The motoring organisation’s survey found that today (Friday 25 May) is set to be the busiest day of the weekend. Around 4.5 million leisure trips are planned, in addition to the commuter traffic that would ordinarily hit the road anyway.
Saturday (26 May) will be quieter, with 3.8 million planned journeys, while Sunday and Monday (27-28 May) will see around 2.9 million leisure journeys planned.
However, the RAC warns that although their figures are estimates based on a sample of around 2,500 drivers, the eventual traffic volume may be even higher as a further 4.8 million drivers are thought to be planning a getaway at some point over the weekend.
As a result, the organisation says drivers should avoid Friday afternoon if possible, and take advantage of lighter traffic conditions found early on Saturday and Sunday morning.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: ‘Our research focuses on those leisure trips drivers are planning especially because of the bank holiday – so journeys like day trips with friends and family, or perhaps departing for a short break or half-term holiday.
‘Motorists planning on covering any significant distance should try to avoid Friday afternoon and evening and get away early on Saturday or Sunday to miss the worst of the jams. But with the UK’s constrained road space, and with road traffic at an all-time high, it doesn’t take much for congestion to occur.
‘The message is to expect queues on some of the busiest routes, especially if the current weather forecasts become true. The fine weather a lot of us enjoyed over the last bank holiday sparked congestion on some parts of the network and this weekend is likely to be no different.’