Every May Bank Holiday, it seems motorists have to combat congested roads and traffic jams. In 2015 approximately 70% of the UK’s driving population took to the road to make the most of the weekend break.
As many school children are also on their half-term holiday, motorists should expect the traffic to be particularly heavy.
To help you avoid the worst of the traffic, ALA GAP Insurance has put together a ‘May Bank Holiday Travel Guide’, which you can read below.
May Bank Holiday Planning
Planning ahead never hurt anyone, especially when it comes to planning your Bank Holiday route. Sat Navs are great devices for getting you from ‘A to B’, and there are also numerous online map websites.
It’s also worth checking the Met weather forecast for your area and your destination, as poor travel conditions can impact travel times. Traffic England, Traffic Wales, Traffic Scotland and Traffic Northern Ireland also provide information as to whether there are road works or other delays on your route.
May Bank Holiday Hotspots
Typically the worst traffic jams can be found near airports, national parks, ports, the coast and the south west of England, with the M25 a particular hotspot during the Bank Holiday period.
As many people use the Bank Holiday as a chance to catch up their DIY, roads near IKEA stores can be extremely congested, with traffic peaks around lunchtime on the Saturday. Similarly, shopping around the May Holiday Weekend is a popular activity, resulting in busy roads around major shopping centres, such as Lakeside, Birmingham’s Bullring and the Trafford Centre.
May Bank Holiday pre-travel checks
To ensure your Bank Holiday weekend journey goes as smoothly as possible, ALA strongly recommends that motorists carry out pre-travel car checks to ensure your car is fit for the road. Be sure to check:
- All wiper blades for wear or splitting
- The condition of your tyres
- The oil, coolant and screenwash levels are correctly topped up
- Your spare wheel is in usable condition
- All your car lights are in good working condition
- Your vehicle is not overloaded
- You have enough fuel for your journey (or can fill up somewhere along the way)
Busy May Bank Holiday Roads
UK tourist destinations, such as the Lake District, Brighton and Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as well as routes to airports, ports, the Channel Tunnel and Eurostar are always busy over the May Bank Holiday weekends. Potentially busy roads include:
- M4, M5 and A303
- M1, M42 and M40
North West Roads
- M56, A55, M6, M55 and A590
South East Roads
- M23, A2, M2 and M20
North Wales Roads
- A494, A55, A487
South Wales Roads
- M4, M48, A48(M), A48
- M9, A84, A82, A8
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