With summer holiday bookings already well up on pre-covid levels and many airlines facing ongoing battles over staff shortages, a last-minute surge in domestic bookings is a very real possibility, with Britain’s roads expected to be especially busy this summer.
But covering long distances when Britain’s roads are at their busiest doesn’t have to be stressful.
If you follow some simple steps before you leave and are prepared for any eventualities once on the road then there is no reason your car journey can’t be an enjoyable start to your holiday.
Plan your route Drivers can get a heads up on the fastest route and any planned roadworks by checking an online route planner. Planning your route can help you avoid some of the busiest roads.
Allowing time for your journey On some days and on some of the busier routes from major cities to the seaside there is no way to avoid the busiest roads. It is worth trying to avoid the busiest times such as Friday afternoons, but if you can’t, you might want to try leaving early in the morning before the traffic has had a chance to build up.
Look after your car Making sure your car is in good condition before the day will help avoid any hold-ups due to car problems. Check the oil and tires before you head off on a long drive and fill up the tank the day before so you can be flexible about where and when you next need to get fuel.
Check the weather If you keep an eye on the forecast for the day you travel you will know whether to expect weather-related delays. Heavy rain can really slow down very busy roads, and hot weather will likely attract daytrippers making the roads even busier.
Leave on time It isn’t easy to get everyone out of the house on time especially if it is an early start, but if you set off late you might be tempted to take fewer breaks on the drive down. The key to a stress-free journey is taking away the worry that you won’t arrive on time while taking regular breaks to unwind.
Have fun Listen to music in the car and be excited for your holiday to come. Take regular breaks, especially if you have a car full of children so they can stretch their legs, and make sure that everyone is fed, watered and most of all relaxed.