Plan ahead for the Jubilee weekend
The Jubilee weekend – when thousands of people all over the country will be celebrating the Queen’s 60 year reign with family and friends – is almost upon us! There’s a packed programme of Jubilee themed events to enjoy up and down the country which is great news for celebrations – but bad news for drivers hoping to get from A to B as fast as possible.
Enter Garmin -the global leader in satellite navigation – which has some expert advice to help drivers get on their way and make the most of the long weekend.
Anthony Chmarny from Garmin says: “The Jubilee bank holiday is sure to be a fantastic weekend but the last thing we want to be doing is sitting in traffic, wasting precious time or looking for quick routes to escape the crowds.”
Together with the Highways Agency, Garmin is advising families to check traffic and weather before they set out and to plan their journeys.
“I recommend anyone hitting the roads this bank holiday to plan ahead. As the weather has been so good, this will undoubtedly encourage more people to enjoy trips away, making it even more important to leave earlier than anticipated and plan your route. Think about the roads that attract the most crowds and try to avoid them by doing some research before you leave,” adds Anthony.
“As we all know, the weather has been very changeable of late and rain and strong winds can make any journey more difficult, so allow more time, keep your speed down and ensure your vehicle is in tip top condition.
“Importantly, don’t get stressed in traffic. If you have a Sat-Nav with up-to-date maps you can easily look for alternate routes to travel as you’ve got a trust worthy source that will lead you to your destination.”
The Highways Agency, which manages motorways and major A-roads in England, is lifting almost nine out of ten roadworks to help people on their way – but most holiday congestion is caused simply by so many people heading for the beach at the same time.
Roads anticipated to be most busy this weekend are the traditional holiday routes including the M5 and routes to the West Country, the M6 through Lancashire towards the Lakes, main roads to the south coast and the M20 towards the Channel ports. These are expected to be busier than usual on Friday evening, with holiday traffic peaking by lunchtime Saturday. Over the weekend there are also expected to be crowds heading to London where there are some road closures associated with Jubilee events.