Traffic chaos on UK roads expected as motorists make belated Easter getaway

The RAC has warned that more than 20 million of us will hit the roads this bank holiday weekend in a bid to make up for the bad weather experienced over Easter.

RAC Traffic Watch predicts 5.4 million leisure journeys will be made today as motorists attempt to beat the rush – while traffic levels will spike to 8.4 million on Saturday. A further 6.9 million trips will be made on Sunday and another 4.8 million on Monday – taking the weekend total to 20.1 million.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “The number of people who plan to use their cars for leisure trips, whether that’s visiting family and friends or enjoying a day out or some time away, is far greater this year than last. In fact our data shows us that we are likely to see a similar volume of car use as we did at Easter which is traditionally the biggest driving bank holiday weekend of the year.

“This level of recreational car journeys is the highest we have seen in recent times. We think it can only be a hangover effect from Easter falling in late March when perhaps people didn’t drive as much as they would have had it been April when the weather would have been a little warmer.

“Now the clocks have gone forward and we’ve already had a feel of warmer weather there’s every reason to head for the traditional weekend getaway spots in the hope of being able to enjoy some fun in the sun. As a result we are expecting more than nine million more car journeys than on the last May Day Bank Holiday.”

The motoring organisation says that, although petrol prices are increasing, the average price of fuel is still 7p a litre cheaper than it was this time last year.

Revealed: the May Day Bank Holiday traffic hotspots

· M5 from Bristol to Taunton
· A303 Andover to Ilminster
· A30 and A38 Exeter to Cornwall
· M4 between Cardiff and Swansea
· M25 between Gatwick and M1
· A23/M23 to Brighton
· A47 Swaffham to Great Yarmouth
· A11 Thetford to Norwich
· M55 between Preston and Blackpool
· A14 between Midlands and East Coast
· A66 between M6 and the coast
· M53 between Liverpool and Chester