An estimated 16.8m separate leisure trips are planned over this bank holiday weekend, signalling that the roads could be the busiest over the break since 2016. 

According to the RAC, bank holiday Monday is expected to see the largest number of individual leisure trips, with 3.3m journeys expected. That’s followed by Saturday with three million and Sunday where 2.6 million trips are expected. 

A further 5.6m leisure trips are expected over the weekend, but drivers were unsure which day they’d be going, and more than a third of these would only be taken if the weather is good. 

The survey of 850 UK drivers found that high petrol and diesel prices were having an impact on their weekend plans, with 14 per cent saying they weren’t planning a leisure trip this weekend purely because of this reason. 

This is a steep increase on the six per cent that said the same at Easter, suggesting the cost-of-living crisis may now be impacting how people spend their leisure time. 

RAC traffic spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Easter might only have been a couple of weeks ago, but it looks as though plenty of drivers are still looking to make the most of this May Day bank holiday. 

“We expect routes to classic tourist hotspots – especially the coasts – to clog up on Friday afternoon and through Saturday morning, although according to our research Monday could turn out to be the busiest day of the long weekend.”

The RAC is encouraging drivers to check over their vehicles before undertaking any trip, but particularly those doing a greater distance, including checking oil and coolant levels, and making sure your tyres are in good condition and inflated to the right levels.