Drivers are being warned to watch out for traffic this weekend, with 16.8m leisure trips planned over the May Day bank holiday – the most since 2016.

RAC research is expecting 3.3m leisure journeys to be carried out on bank holiday Monday, while Saturday and Sunday will have 3m and 2.6m respectively. There are also set to be an extra 5.6m trips taken by drivers between today (Friday) and Monday, even if 2.3m of these will be weather dependent.

14% of drivers have said they will not be embarking on a leisure trip this weekend, with the high petrol and diesel prices being felt. This figure has more than doubled since Easter, when six per cent said they wouldn’t be hitting the roads for the same reason.

To help motorists avoid any unnecessary breakdowns, the RAC is advising drivers to give their vehicles a check before embarking on a trip. Taking a look at the oil and coolant levels, along with checking the tyre pressure and the condition they are in can contribute to a smoother journey. You can also find out about getting your caravan ready by taking a look at our guide to pre-tour checks.

RAC traffic spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Easter might only have been a couple of weeks ago, but it looks as though plenty of drivers are still looking to make the most of this May Day bank holiday. We expect routes to classic tourist hotspots – especially the coasts – to clog up on Friday afternoon and through Saturday morning, although according to our research Monday could turn out to be the busiest day of the long weekend.”

“Preparation is paramount though to avoid an inconvenient breakdown at the side of the road – it’s a fact that the majority of the jobs our patrols will attend this weekend will be avoidable if drivers spend just a little time checking their vehicles are ‘road-ready’. A quick look under the bonnet to check oil and coolant levels, as well as ensuring tyres are properly inflated and are in good condition could save hours of hassle at the side of the road.”

If you’re still undecided as to where to head for your holiday this year, be sure to take a look at our guide to the best caravan parks in the UK.

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