TomTom traffic mapThe RAC says up to 14 million MORE motorists may take to the road over the final Bank Holiday weekend of 2015 – and it’s warning drivers to plan ahead and leave as early as possible to try and beat the rush.

The first predicted spike in traffic is already underway: early Friday morning will be busier than usual as 55% MORE people plan an August Bank Holiday this year compared to 2014.

Saturday will actually be the busiest day though, with 2.6 million more cars on the road than normal.

Other traffic spikes will occur on Sunday late afternoon and early evening, and early on Bank Holiday Monday.

It’s all being fuelled by cheap petrol and diesel prices, reckons the RAC. This is encouraging people to plan a road trip and perhaps drive further afield than they otherwise would.

Potential traffic hotspots include:

  • Coastal areas
  • Reading and Leeds (because of the music festivals)
  • Overton, Hampshire (because of Chris Evans CarFest)

As a result of all these journeys, the RAC is predicting a busy weekend for its recovery crews. Engine breakdowns are common, said spokesman Pete Williams, “with many cars suffering from ignition coil, head gasket and cambelt issues, along with radiator cooling and overheating problems due to congestion and extended journey times.

“Punctures are also a common reason for call-outs over the August Bank Holiday weekend as a number of cars no longer come with a spare.”

He also has a top tip for Bank Holiday motorists: “Take a spare car key in case you lock your keys in the boot as many holidaymakers will know all too well….”