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Bank holiday getaway is underway in Cornwall

Bank holiday getaway is underway in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:02pm 23rd August 2019.

The big bank holiday getaway is underway in Cornwall.

In the south west, the A30, A38 and M5 are expected to be among the busiest roads.

More than 16.5 million car journeys are set to be made across the country over the long weekendm according to the RAC.

Friday and Saturday are expected to be the busiest days, with a combined 9.4m trips on those two days, followed by bank holiday Monday itself with around 3.7m separate leisure journeys. 

But the reality may be there are even more trips than this - with the sunny weather many more families might decide to take a last-minute day trip or short break to enjoy the long weekend.

"For many people, this coming weekend is the last chance to enjoy a long weekend this side of Christmas – and with the weather improving that’s likely to mean a lot of cars on the road heading to popular tourist destinations.

"A lot of the breakdowns we expect to see this weekend are preventable, so it’s vital drivers check over their car before setting out. Tyres with plenty of tread and properly inflated are far less likely to cause drivers problems, and it’s crucial that oil and coolant are at the right levels too. All are quick, easy things to check and can save drivers the hassle of a breakdown at the roadside."

RAC patrol of the year Ben Aldous

Data from transportation analytics specialists INRIX indicates some of the worst major roads for delays across the country will include the M25 anticlockwise (between J1 and J4) and the M6 north (between J18 and J24) on Friday, and the M6 south (between J27 and J13) on Monday, with delays of up to an hour on each of these stretches.

"Bank holidays have historically been one of the busiest times for road trips, and this year drivers could even see record-level travel delays. 

"Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic."

Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX

traffic jam tips - RAC

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