Easter traffic cheat sheet: when to travel and what routes to avoid
Cuvva, the leading flexible car insurance provider, shares an essential guide to road travel this Easter, including the best days to travel on, routes to avoid and car maintenance tips to keep you safe on the roads over the first long weekend of 2022.
Traditionally, the Easter weekend has always been a busy period for travel, but after a few quieter Easter breaks in a row, in the last few years, 2022’s upcoming long weekend is set to be particularly crowded on roads across the UK with more than a whopping 21 million journeys anticipated.
Best and worst days and times to travel
Breaking down data from RAC and INRIX shows exactly when drivers should and shouldn’t hit the road.
Good Friday is the busiest day on the UK’s roads each Easter, and this year looks no different. Monday, April 18 is expected to be the second-busiest day, while Saturday and Sunday will be quieter.
Worst and best days to travel, according to the number of trips expected:
Friday, 15th April: 4.62 million trips
Monday, 18th April: 3.96 million trips
Saturday, 16th April: 3.63 million trips
Sunday, 17th April: 3.63 million trips
Worst time of day to travel:
Friday, 15th April: 9.30am – 7:00pm
Saturday, 16th April: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, 17th April: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Monday, 18th April: 12:00pm – 2.30pm
Quieter time of day to travel:
Friday, 15th April: before 9:00am or after 7:30pm
Saturday, 16th April: after 3:00pm
Sunday, 17th April: after 3:00pm
Monday, 18th April: before 10.30am or after 6.30pm
Routes to avoid
It’ll come as no surprise that motorways up and down the country will be taking the brunt of the Easter traffic. However, some roads look like they’ll be worse hit than others.
Roads to avoid:
The M6 north between Liverpool and the Lake District
M6 south towards Stoke-on-Trent
M25 between Surrey and the M40 exit
A303 near Stonehenge
M3 north to Basingstoke
Andy Tomlinson, COO at Cuvva says: “If you’ve planned a trip this upcoming long weekend and are travelling by car, set off early in the morning to enjoy a relaxing journey, while the roads are quieter.
“It’s now as easy to get insured on someone else’s car as it is your own, which means you can share the long drive with passengers with instant policies, starting from one hour.”
Tips before you head off on your Easter break
Cuvva shares top tips to help you make sure you’re prepared before you set off, especially with the added risk of being caught in severe traffic over Easter.
There are several simple, yet critical, car checks you should do if you’re planning an Easter getaway:
Fuel – make sure you have plenty of fuel, and remember that motorway services can charge around 30p more per litre than a non-motorway petrol station
Oil – check your oil levels
Coolant – check you are topped up
Tyres – ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, especially if your car is packed with all your holiday paraphernalia and that the tread is at least 3mm deep. Don’t forget to check the spare too.
Lights – make sure your lights are all in working order
Wiper blades & screenwash – check your blades clear your windscreen properly and your screenwash has been topped up
Jumper cables – double check your jumper cables are still in the boot of your car
Some essential passenger checks for a safe journey:
Mobile phone – make sure your phone is fully charged before you set off, and that you have the appropriate hands-free equipment
Sat Nav – with petrol stations, destination and other stop offs programmed in
Insurance and breakdown cover details – keep them in a handy place
Share the drive – download an insurance app before you head off and share a long drive by insuring another driver from an hour with a temporary policy
Water or juice – remain hydrated, especially travelling long distance
Snacks – who doesn’t love a treat?
First Aid – this is essential
Entertainment – if you have children with you, don’t forget to pack something to keep them happy; the “are we there yet?” can rapidly increase your stress leve