Easter Saturday expected to be busiest day of holiday period on the roads – The AA

  • Getaway traffic expected to peak on Easter Saturday (30 March) with at least 18.5 million taking to roads
  • Conditions are unpredictable as unsettled weather set to continue
  • 5.2 million Bank Holiday journeys to visit friends or family

25 March 2024

Traffic is expected to peak on Easter Saturday with at least 18.5 million* car journeys planned, as Brits seek to join family and friends for the Easter break.

With so many journeys predicted, and the unsettled weather forecast for parts of the UK, The AA is warning drivers to take extra care on the roads especially if they do encounter any spring showers. As well as standing water and slippery streets, drivers should remember that stopping distances increase when there is rain and when vehicles are carrying more weight. Reducing speed and keeping a safe distance from other vehicles is key to staying safe in wet conditions.

Traffic expectations

A recent AA survey of 12,420 members** showed Bank holiday traffic is likely to peak on Easter Saturday (30 March), with around 18.5 million* of Britain’s drivers planning to use their cars. Easter Sunday will see around half (48%)* of Britain’s drivers on the roads.

The survey also more than 5.2 million* of Bank Holiday journeys will be to visit family or friends – people aged 18-24 are most likely to be travelling for this reason, with older drivers (65+) less likely. (Good Friday 28% vs 13%)

Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are predicted to be the quietest days but will still see around 16 million cars* on the roads with 26% of those intending to drive still undecided about where they’ll be heading.

“Before setting off on a long journey it’s important to check your car. A few simple checks could stop car trouble from upsetting your plans.”
Chris Wood, AA Patrol Of The Year


The unsettled weather we’ve had for most of the year so far looks set to continue during the Easter break. Rain is still predicted in some areas which will bring its own issues of spray on the roads and more water falling onto already saturated land.

Easter Sunday also sees the UK move to British Summer Time (BST) where clocks go forward by an hour. This, of course, means an hour less in bed so before travelling make sure you’re fit, ready and awake. 

Breakdown advice

Chris Wood, AA Patrol of the Year, said: “Easter is the first opportunity many people have to go and see their family and we’re expecting the roads to be busy. Before setting off on a long journey it’s important to check your car. A few simple checks could stop car trouble from upsetting your plans. Take 10 minutes to check your oil, coolant, and windscreen wash levels. It’s also important to make sure you have plenty of fuel and or electric charge and check that all your lights are working.

“Check your tyre pressures – do this when the tyres are cold and don’t forget to check the tread – including the spare if your vehicle has one. If your vehicle doesn’t carry a spare wheel, it can be useful to plan ahead by making a note of your vehicle's tyre sizes and keeping it in a safe place in case you need to pass this information on to a tyre provider.

“If driving in wet weather, try to avoid standing water where safe to do so as this can cover potholes or displaced inspection covers that may be lurking below the surface.”

If you’re unsure about the condition of your vehicle – get it checked out before any long journey.

Don’t forget to pack the essentials – snacks, drinks, warm clothing, a fully charged mobile phone and cradle, and any time-dependent medication. Having adequate breakdown cover in place before you travel could offer peace of mind, no matter how far you’re travelling.

If you breakdown, AA members can download the free AA app  This is quickest way to report a breakdown and it will get one of our experts to you quicker.


Lots of AA Members use what3words to identify their location when their car breaks down. what3words is easiest way to describe any precise location. It has the world divided into 3 metre squares and given each one a unique identifier made from three words. What3words is free to download from your Appstore.

Chris Sheldrick, Co-Founder and CEO of what3words, said: “Thousands of people will be packing their cars this week and travelling across the country to make the most of the long Easter weekend. This surge in traffic can cause chaos on the roads and highlights the importance of being prepared in case of a breakdown. Utilising what3words means the AA and emergency services can pinpoint your exact location if you find yourself in trouble, getting you off the hard shoulder and onto celebrations as quickly as possible.”

** Yonder received 12,420 responses from AA members to its online poll between the 12th to 21st February 2024. Yonder is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules.