The busy bank holiday weekend is set to see traffic building from Thursday evening (April 18th) and congestion is unlikely to subside until late Monday. As a result, UK road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has offered some helpful advice to motorists planning journeys in the coming days.

Drivers should be braced for delays

Major routes up and down the country have been freed of roadworks ahead of the big weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be plain sailing for drivers in the days ahead.

Indeed, IAM RoadSmart head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman has warned drivers to be more prepared when embarking on journeys that could face delays.

He stated: “If your journey is a long one, take some time to plan where and when you will be taking a break – just so you can get a little rest and have some water to stay hydrated. Enjoy the journey and, more importantly, enjoy the getaway.”

His top tips to drivers this weekend include properly securing luggage in the back of the vehicle to ensure it doesn’t move around throughout the journey. In addition, he advised planning in extra time to reach your destination, as drivers can never be sure when congestion will strike.

Mr Gladman also issued a final reminder to motorists to make sure their vehicle is properly maintained before taking on any long journey. This means checking tyre pressures, tread depth and looking for any signs of excessive wear and tear, as well as topping up engine fluids.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Bank holiday traffic is always bad, so anyone planning a getaway in the days ahead should be fully prepared – this is especially true when the weather is expected to be as good as it is for many parts of the country.”

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