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    Dodge the Bank Holiday Weekend Traffic

    Thame Driving Blog

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    With Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching people across the UK will be making their ways on journeys to make the most of the long weekend, but brace yourself for horrible conditions as the Bank Holiday getaways begin.

    I wanted to share some research with you on the roads you should try to steer clear of this weekend, and share my tips on how to ensure you have a stress free journey, no matter where you are travelling to.

    Unsurprisingly the M25, M1 and M6 are the top three motorways you are most likely to be sat in a traffic jam this weekend, no doubt the A40 and A34 will be extremely busy both ways, with traffic towards Cotswolds, London and the South coast.

    Pick your travel time

    According to Green Flag the worst time to travel as the Bank Holiday kick starts will be 5pm on Friday, however if you postpone your journey until 8pm you may have a slightly easier journey.

    You can try and avoid the traffic by opting for a quieter road at peak times, or the busier roads at quietest tines, which will help save time and fuel.

    I always try and find alternative routes before I set off on my journey, and set off a little earlier allowing extra time just incase I do hit the dreaded traffic jam!

    If you need to plan your journey ahead there are tonnes of sites out there that can help you,Traffic England is the one I use!

    As much as I love to listen to Mariah Carey’s Greatest hits and sing my heart out, I always try and switch in and out of the local radio stations so you can keep posted on any problems on the road, and then see if you can dodge the problem with a alternative route.

    If you’re travelling with young ones over the Bank Holiday over the weekend it may be a genius idea to take entertainment for them plenty of books and toys…. I personally love car gamessuch great family fun!

    If you’re going away for a few nights, id recommend travelling in the evening when it’s likely your children are sleepy and will just nod off! This worked a treat with my two chatterbox nieces in the Easter holidays!

    Also from personal experience I’d recommend you just check your car is prepared for the trip ahead.

    Here’s a little tick list you can check that RAC put together. With 14-18 million cars on the roads heading to a getaway it’s no surprise a car breaks down every 8 seconds!

    Have a wonderful weekend!