Saturday and Sunday will be the busiest summer holidays in at least eight years, motorists have been warned.
That RAC said an estimated 18.8 million leisure trips are planned in the UK between Friday and Monday.
That’s the highest since the company began tracking summer vacation numbers in 2014.
Leisure traffic levels are likely to peak on Saturday, a survey of 1,700 British motorists has revealed.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “The extreme heat that has ravaged much of the UK in recent days may ease over the next few days but we still expect the summer holiday to start with a bang as a potentially record-breaking number of drivers on the road next weekend – and that despite unbelievably high fuel costs.
“With school days ending this week in England and Wales and millions of people ready for a well-deserved break, we expect a hectic Friday followed by a sad weekend on main roads across the country, with traffic and congestion likely to peak on Saturday will.
“The advice to motorists who go on holiday by car is therefore clear: leave as early as possible in the morning or expect long queues.”
Bob Pishue, traffic analyst at Inrix, said: “Drivers should expect congestion to form throughout the day, particularly on freeways.
“Despite high fuel prices, travelers don’t seem to give up their car trips and vacations.”
Jeremy Phillips, National Highways traffic safety director, said: “With schools soon closing for the summer, there will be more people on the roads and making longer drives.
“We know that breaking down can be a very unsettling experience, no one wants to start their holiday on the side of the road next to fast-moving traffic.
“That’s why we remind drivers to check their vehicles and especially the tires before driving.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20355155.rac-issues-warning-drivers-uk-roads-weekend/?ref=rss RAC is issuing a warning to drivers on UK roads this weekend