How to avoid the worst of the summer holiday jams

05 August

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Our jam-busting tips and tricks!

Most of us look forward to summer holidays - but they can mean traffic jams and road delays for the UK’s professional drivers.

How do fleet operators avoid the worst jams? We’ve come up with a few extra tips to help you dodge the biggest delays.

First, it’s important to identify the main traffic bottlenecks. These are:

  • A303 heading west
  • M1 northbound from the M25 to the M18
  • M5 From the Almonsbury/M4 interchange heading southwest to Exeter
  • M6 northbound from the West Midlands to Lancashire

Next, it’s vital to know which days are likely to see the most traffic.

  • Sunny weather adds to jams heading coastward, while specific events, like Glastonbury or Silverstone, can generate enormous localised delays.
  • Avoid the first Friday and Saturday of the school holidays. This website allows you to find school dates for any council area. Most English schools break up in the week beginning July 20th 2015. Scotland’s holidays, however, begin at the end of June.
  • Bank holidays always cause traffic problems. See list of bank holidays. Beware Monday August 31st when day-trippers add to the rush to get home in time for the new school term. (Scottish schools go back two weeks earlier).

Finally, here are our special jam-busting tips. Some you may already use, some you may not.

  • Use technology: GPS systems with live traffic updates warn of delays ahead but it’s better to plan round the delays before you start. It’s quick and free to use the online AA Roadwatch system
    • Consider strategic timing for your journeys. If Friday evening is likely to be bad, start earlier in the morning instead.
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