DRIVERS have been warned of mega-queues this weekend as 21million journeys take place over Easter.
The RAC announced that the first bank holiday of 2022 will be the busiest Easter on its record, which began in 2014.
The exodus comes as temperatures are expected to soar to 21C, which will be even hotter than Barcelona. The holiday heat will also hit March 23 to become the hottest day of the year so far.
The car experts advised motorists to avoid rush hours if they want to escape for weekend trips or day trips.
Good Friday will be the busiest day of the weekend, with drivers planning around 4.62 million separate leisure trips. Motorists should travel before 9 a.m. or after 1930 to beat the worst of traffic.
For the rest of the weekend, drivers should leave after 3pm on Saturday and Sunday to avoid queues. On Monday, the second busiest travel day, roads are clearer before 10:30am and after 6:30pm.
The worst congestion is expected on the M6 north between Liverpool and the Lake District, south towards Stoke-on-Trent, the M25 between Surrey and the M40 junction and the A303 near Stonehenge.
Motorists seeking the sea can also expect congestion on major beach roads such as the M26 and M6 this weekend.
Aside from planning an off-peak trip, there’s one more important thing drivers can do. To reduce queues on busy roads, drivers should ensure their vehicle is fully primed before driving.
Breakdowns can be avoided if you check your oil and coolant levels in advance. Likewise, properly inflating a tire can save you from a puncture and stress the traffic behind you.
Most read in The Irish Sun
Shockingly, just a fifth of drivers always check their car’s roadworthiness before a long journey, while more than a third never do, according to RAC research.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “The key to avoiding the worst of congestion is planning. Simply put, the earlier you leave in the morning, the more likely you are to miss the worst of the queues, especially if you’re going a long way.
“Even though a fifth of the drivers we surveyed stated that they drive shorter distances at Easter, in particular because of the currently extremely high petrol and diesel prices.”
Ben Aldous, from Manchester-based RAC Patrol, said: “Put simply, a well-maintained car is much less likely to break down than one that hasn’t been maintained.
“So if you have a long drive ahead of you and you suspect something is wrong with your car, get it to a good workshop as soon as possible this week.”
Railway closures could also put a strain on UK motorways. Roadworks between London and Birmingham could push more train travelers onto the roads.
Those traveling from Manchester and Liverpool to Wembley on Saturday to watch the FA Cup semi-finals could be affected.
Train strikes in Scotland and northern England could also worsen weekend traffic.
To add to the chaos Just stop oil protested in front of gas stations.
Hundreds of petrol stations across the country are reportedly closed due to shortages, with the worst-hit areas being in southern England.
However, retailers have reassured drivers to continue buying fuel as usual as there is no reason to panic buy.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8650486/easter-traffic-busiest-roads-queues-avoid-this-weekend/ The busiest roads to avoid this weekend and expert travel tips to avoid frustrating queues