Half term travel advice

Up to 15 million cars on the roads

20 October 2011

•	Busy weekend for traffic with up to 15 million cars on the roads

• Busy weekend for traffic with up to 15 million cars on the roads

Traffic will start building up on major routes from mid-afternoon on Friday 21 October as schools in England and Wales break up for half-term, says AA Roadwatch and traffic information specialist Trafficmaster.

The last break for families before Christmas means this day is often one of the most congested days on the motorway and trunk road network in England and Wales, according to Trafficmaster, with the AA predicting up to 15 million cars likely to hit the road.

Top five half-term traffic hotspots

  • M25 Northern Sector (J21A/J31)
  • M1 Home Counties (M25/Milton Keynes)
  • M6 Staffordshire/Cheshire/South Lancashire
  • A11 around Elveden crossroads
  • M3/M27/A31 between Winchester (M3/J9) and Ringwood/Ferndown.

(Source: Trafficmaster)

Next week (24 to 28 October) drivers will benefit from a quieter week on the commuter runs, although there may be increased congestion on some motorways due to the extra leisure traffic, before peaking again next Sunday (30 October) as people head home.

with nights drawing in and clocks going back next weekend, check your car for any blown bulbs, including brake and fog lights

Keith Miller, AA patrol of the year

Checking the car

Keith Miller, AA patrol of the year, says: “Although the weather forecast is currently looking more unsettled, we’re still expecting many families to head off for the last break before Christmas.

“Traffic is likely to build from mid-afternoon tomorrow and will carry over to the weekend. Allow a bit more time for your journey – checking the weather and traffic reports before departing – and make sure you take food, drink and entertainment for the kids.

“Also with nights drawing in and clocks going back next weekend, check your car for any blown bulbs, including brake and fog lights, and give the windscreen a thorough clean – inside and out – as you’d be surprised what a difference it makes. Run your finger down the wiper blades to check for nicks and tears – it’s best to replace them at least once a year – and top up the windscreen wash with a proper additive. You should also check the tyres, oil level and cooling system.

“These checks are important but if you don’t know what to do, many garages offer free or cheap winter car checks that will highlight common problems.”

(20 October 2011)