Half term holidays are on their way for many areas of the UK – with many families hoping to get away on one last break before winter truly arrives.
Car parts supplier Euro Car Parts has surveyed 1,000 parents to find out when most families are hoping to hit the road this half term – revealing the times and dates during which different areas are expected to experience unusually high levels of traffic.
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The survey revealed that most parents will be heading away on their holidays on Monday 24th October, closely followed by Saturday 22nd. Euro Car Parts says that areas including Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton will bear the brunt of the traffic, while tourism hotspots such as the Cotswolds and South West will also be busy.
The roads will be at their most congested at around midday – although the majority of parents say they’d rather get on the road earlier in the day.
On average, most holidaymakers expect to drive around 100 miles during their holiday – increasing to 120 miles for those in Nottingham and Birmingham.
Euro Car Parts’ UK CEO, Martin Gray, said: “It’s clear to see from these figures that there are definitely particular days and times when you should hold off on travelling if you wish to avoid the traffic. However, if you do end up caught in the rush, hopefully our tips for keeping the kids entertained will help!”
These tips include investing in a portable DVD player, or download audiobooks onto your phone to keep little bookworms amused while avoiding travel sickness.
|Region||When to avoid travelling|
|Central England||12pm – 12:15pm 24th October|
|South West England||12pm – 12:15pm 24th October|
|Northern England||12pm – 12:15pm 22nd October|
|Northern Ireland||12pm – 12:15pm 4th October|
|Republic of Ireland||1pm – 1:15pm 15th October|
|Scotland||12:15pm – 12:30pm 9th October|
|South East England||12pm – 12:15pm 10th October|
|Wales||9am – 9:15am or 12pm – 12:15pm 23rd October|