The arrival of the October half term will spark an ‘autumn rush’ on the roads with drivers taking an estimated 19.4m separate leisure trips between Friday and Sunday, according to RAC Breakdown.
The survey of 1,400 drivers suggests that Saturday will be the most popular day on the roads with drivers planning an estimated 5.6m ‘getaway’ journeys, followed by Sunday (4.6m) and Friday (4.3m) with an additional 4.9m trips planned across one of the three days.
Green Flag has revealed it expects the number of breakdowns to increase by 22.5 per cent over the half-term break.
It says Monday 25 October will be the busiest day for incidents this half term, with most cars travelling on the first day of the holidays.
There could be a shortage of gritter drivers this winter, according to some reports.
National Tyres has reminded motorists to ensure their vehicle are up to the job with plenty of tread and properly inflated rubberware for wet or snowy roads.
There has been a 600% increase in sales of VW California camper vans over the last 12 months.
Volkswagen Financial Services say nearly half of the new owners are now seeking staycations in the UK.
According to the European Transport Workers Federation, two-thirds of professional drivers feel tired on a regular basis.
Worryingly, 30% of lorry drivers and 24% of bus drivers have admitted dozing off behind the wheel.