An Amber Traffic Warning has been issued for this weekend by the AA, with drivers warned to expect delays between 11am and 3pm on both Friday and Saturday (29-30 July).
A combination of factors are expected to be felt, including train strikes, the Commonwealth Games starting, the beginning of the EFL football season, and people setting off on their summer holidays.
Drivers heading towards the Port of Dover and the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal are being warned to expect the worst congestion.
If you’re planning to take your van to Devon or to one of the best caravan parks in Cornwall, you should also prepare for traffic, with the M5, A303 and A30 expected to have jams.
The M25, the Bristol M4/M5 junction, the M6, the M42, M1 and M62 could also be hotspots for traffic jams, the AA has warned.
To help keep traffic moving as much as possible, the AA is urging drivers to check their cars in advance to prevent any unnecessary breakdowns.
The head of roads policy for the AA, Jack Cousens, said: “With holiday let switchover day starting on Friday mixed with train strikes and a huge weekend of sport, we are concerned that drivers will experience delays across the network with the South of England particularly vulnerable.”
“Breakdowns can make jams worse and last weekend we saw a rise in breakdowns where vehicle checks had not been carried out before setting off. Spending 10 minutes checking tyres and fluid levels before setting off can make a big difference in helping people getting to their destination.”
“As well as preparing your car, those using the car for long journeys should prepare for jams, carry plenty of food and water as well as entertainment for younger travellers.”
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