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Survive the summer getaway – top tips to make your journey as painless as possible

Survive the summer getaway – top tips to make your journey as painless as possible

(Posted on 19/07/18)

It’s estimated that drivers are expected to make more than nine million leisure journeys by car between Friday and the end of the weekend heralding the start of the school summer holidays.

It marks more than a month of freedom for children, running from their classrooms faster than Usain Bolt at an Olympic final. Not so much joy for parents facing almost seven weeks of juggling childcare, maxing out annual leave and wondering how on earth they’ll cope.

With staycations at an all time high, many will be joining the anticipated nine million other drivers hoping they don’t hit the dreaded traffic jam and complete the journey unscathed.

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis confirms what most parents are dreading: “This weekend tends to be one of the busiest on the roads for leisure journeys, second only to Easter and Christmas. On some popular routes, this may well mean gridlock, especially through the second half of Friday when commuters and holidaymakers will be sharing space on the same stretches of the UK’s roads. As a result, it will almost certainly feel like a ‘frantic Friday’ for some.

“The next peak after this weekend will be Saturday 28 July according to our research, by which time the vast majority of schools in England and Wales will have broken up for the summer. And if the weather remains fine, that could lead to many more people deciding to jump in the car to enjoy a short notice ‘staycation’, adding to the weight of traffic.”

The record-breaking summer we’re having will undoubtedly have many packing their cars to the rafters and heading to the coast.

 

If you’re heading off on a car journey with the family, here are our tips to make the journey as painless as possible:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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