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With eased lockdown restrictions in most parts of the UK, many of us will be looking to take a break or day trip this bank holiday weekend.

And with more of us out and about, the RAC is predicting that nearly 11m leisure trips could be planned over the long weekend.

A study by the breakdown firm found that 7.2m people have firm plans to see friends and family between Friday and bank holiday Monday, though a further 3.6m are likely to travel at some point, though haven’t decided when.

Saturday and Monday are predicted to be the busiest days on the roads, with 2m leisure trips planned, while 1.6m are set to take place on Friday and Sunday, according to RAC research.

The survey also found that the reduction in Covid cases is increasing confidence for more people to get out and about, with only 11 per cent set to stay at home this weekend because of the pandemic. At the bank holiday at the start of May, this was 18 per cent, while the number was 25 per cent over Easter.

RAC patrol of the year Ben Aldous said: “With Covid restrictions gradually lifting and some better weather on the horizon at last, we’re anticipating large numbers of drivers to be venturing out and about over the bank holiday weekend.

“Our research points to Saturday and Monday being the busiest days, but in reality, there’s a good chance the weather will have the final say as to how busy the roads get. A return to more typical late May temperatures and an end to the recent wind and rain could spark a sudden surge in journeys and mean some routes – especially those to the coasts and hills – start to clog up.”

The RAC and Highways England is urging motorists to check their vehicles and anything they might be towing before setting off on any trips this weekend. Looking at fluid levels and ensuring tyres are properly inflated and in good condition are some of the top things drivers are being urged to inspect.

Ted Welford

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May 27, 2021