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Bank holiday blues

Traffic jam

Can I give you a piece of advice? Don't drive this weekend. Stay home. Have a barbecue, go for a walk, drink Pimm's on your parents' patio.

It's going to be pure hell on the highways.

13 million people are going to set up camp on the roads

Yes, that is correct. 13 million people (that's the populations of Ireland, Scotland and Wales combined) will sit and bake in their cars as sensible people lounge under large umbrellas in pub gardens 5 minutes from their homes.

It's Reading, Leeds and Creamfields festivals this weekend. It's the August bank holiday. And for once, the weather's going to be bloomin' good. If you value your sanity, make plans that don't involve the car.

If you must drive, here's where to avoid

Basically, if you're anywhere near the south of England or any kind of coast, you're screwed. Here's where the worst delays are expected to be:

  • M25 between J9 Leatherhead and J21 Winch Hill Wood (90 minutes)
  • M5 southbound from J14 Thornbury and J22 Highbridge (90 minutes)
  • M25 between J4 Orpington and Dartford Tunnel (50 minutes)
  • M27/A31 between Southampton and Ringwood (50 minutes)
  • M4 westbound from London to the West Country (50 minutes)
  • M6 between J19 Knutsford and J22 Warrington (45 minutes)
  • M6 northbound from Keele to Knutsford (40 minutes)
  • A303 westbound from Andover to Amesbury (40 minutes)
  • M5 between J4a Bromsgrove and J7 Worcester (30 minutes)
  • M25 between J29 Codham Hall Wood and the QEII Bridge (30 minutes)

Source: Inrix

You have been warned...
But whatever you do, have a fantastic weekend!

Honor Clement-Hayes

By Honor Clement-Hayes

Honor joined ingenie in 2014 and is in charge of words on the Young Driver's Guide and blog. Her first car is a Peugeot 206 cabriolet, which is a very sensible choice for the British climate. Follow her on .