Bank holiday weekend: Leave early to improve safety

Bank holiday weekend: Leave early to improve safety 29th April 2015

The May Day holiday is on the horizon, and with a three-day weekend beckoning, millions of Brits are looking to get away for a break to enjoy their extra day off work. The RAC has warned those looking to do so, however, that the roads are likely to be busy, and has advised that they leave earlier than planned to make sure they have plenty of time and don't end up having to rush their driving. 

The RAC said that its research found some 14.5 million Brits will be looking to get away this weekend. That's a lot of extra cars on the road, making driving much more of a challenge. 

It said that the busiest period on the road is likely to be the evening rush hour on Friday. As well as the millions of commuters who are on the way home from work, there are likely to be another four million drivers heading off on breaks. 

Pete Williams, external affairs head for the RAC, said: "Our data shows that many motorists look set to make the most of the coming long weekend by grabbing the car keys and taking to the road to visit friends and family.

"As is typically the case, the Friday before the bank holiday looks set to be the most hectic day – so we're advising motorists who can set off early to do so to get ahead of the rest."

The RAC also warned drivers that surprise showers are predicted throughout the weekend, so said that anyone on the road needs to be aware that rain could start at any time, making it harder to negotiate the road. 

If you are getting away this weekend, it will also pay to make sure the car is ready before you hit the road. Getting a vehicle health check carried out will make sure, for example, that your car is roadworthy and can handle the challenge of a long driver over the bank holiday weekend. 

Posted by Danielle Barge