Experts warn of ‘unprecedented’ levels of traffic on UK roads this summer

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The study, conducted by the RAC, found that drivers are planning in excess of an estimated 29 million staycations. With the increasing uncertainty of foreign holidays this summer, many will opt to make use of the UK and its sights.


Around 30 percent of holidaymakers are set to visit the West Country, with Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset among the popular destinations. 

Scotland (14 percent) and Yorkshire (eight percent) are set to welcome drivers, as well as the Lake District and East Anglia, both attracting six percent of motorists.

Bookings for staycations surged 20 percent since April, with 16 million holidays set to happen in the school holidays alone.

Whilst many drivers have decided which week they will go away, around a fifth of people are yet to commit to a week.

This could indicate that people may be waiting for Government updates on foreign travel in hopes to snag a booking abroad, or even a last-minute booking in the UK.

Rod Dennis, an RAC Breakdown spokesperson, commented on the prospects of traffic this summer.

He said: “With the school summer holidays just days away, a second ‘staycation summer’ in a row now looks like a certainty and will mean millions of us relying on our cars to get us wherever we want to go.

“This summer, perhaps more than ever, the last thing anyone wants while they’re away on a well-earned break is a breakdown.


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“Busier roads, especially in the heat, can mean a sudden sharp increase in breakdowns, so we’re calling on every driver to check their car is ‘road ready’ and isn’t about to let them down. 

“It takes moments to check that tyres are properly inflated, have plenty of tread and aren’t damaged, and just a few minutes more to ensure that oil, coolant and screenwash are all at the right levels.”

RAC research also suggests there is a possibility of a prolonged summer, with one third of drivers say they’re still planning to take a UK staycation in September.

Many holidaymakers are set to travel further this year, with more than 55 percent of survey participants saying they’ll be travelling more than 150 miles from home.

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