Motorists set to take 15 million leisure trips by car this weekend

 

An estimated 15 million holiday trips will be made by car in the UK this weekend, after lockdown restrictions in England eased.

That’s according to a new RAC poll suggesting that nearly half of the trips will be no more than 10 miles long.

A total of 1,317 drivers were questioned after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Sunday that some travel restrictions in England would be lifted.

Lighting the fence in England means that people can drive as far as they want to exercise outdoors as long as they don’t spend the night outside their home.

The public can drive to parks or beaches in England, but only with members of your own household.

However, people should not cross the border into Wales or Scotland for leisure activities.

About 46% of respondents said they plan to go on holiday by car this weekend.

Taking into account the number of licensed cars on the road, the RAC calculated that an estimated 15 million trips will be made over Saturday and Sunday.

One in five (23%) drivers said they planned to drive up to 10 miles to reach their destination.

About 11% drive specifically between 11 and 30 miles to reach a beach, while 6% travel a similar distance to get to a national park or other beauty spot.

One in 20 drivers (5%) say they expect to drive more than 30 miles for recreation.

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said, “In normal times, warming up again in time for the weekend would cause traffic jams on routes leading to tourist hotspots.

“These figures suggest that this is less likely this weekend, as the vast majority of drivers surveyed are not likely to jump much further away.

“Most choose to stay very local or not even get in the car, which bodes well for the control of the corona virus.

“Since neither the guidelines for movement in Scotland nor in Wales have changed, English drivers should consider the borders of these countries as effectively closed for holiday travel or possibly a fine.”

However, several tourist agencies are urging people to stay away for fear of being overwhelmed by visitors.

Whoever goes out, benefits from the lowest fuel prices since 2016.

Average fuel prices across the country are 107.5p per liter for gasoline and 114.8p per liter for diesel.

Morrisons supermarket lowered its petrol prices to a maximum of 99.7p per liter on Monday.

Meanwhile, the AA reported that two out of five callouts they are dealing with are due to battery problems as drivers attempt to leave cars idle for several weeks.

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