With the kids off school and a hallowed four-day weekend on the horizon, the Easter break provides a perfect opportunity to visit friends and family or embark on a short getaway.
According to research by the AA, up to 46% of the UK’s drivers will make a trip over the bank holiday weekend (14-17 April). This means a whopping 15 million cars could hit the road at some point this Easter in Britain.
A recent poll of 15,470 AA members further revealed that getaway traffic will peak on Maundy Thursday (today) where 50% of drivers are planning a journey. This figure will then drop marginally to 46% on Good Friday. Saturday is also set to be a busy day on the roads.
So here are our top tips, roads to avoid and general all-round handy info for you:
Major motorways will be the busiest roads, with INRIX suggesting some journeys could take three times as long as the average. The top five busiest stretches are likely to be:
With Easter being one of the busiest times of the year for traffic, it’s important to be prepared for every journey ahead – and that means making sure the entire family is entertained. Our Highway 400 and 600 in-car adapters make the ideal addition to any vehicle, providing a glorious soundtrack of DAB/DAB+ radio. Drivers can also listen to their personal music library or streaming apps with Bluetooth and Spotify (Premium account required) connectivity.
Easy to manually install in under thirty minutes, the adapter connects to your car’s existing audio system through aux-in or over an unused FM frequency. Highway will then automatically find all available digital radio stations no matter where you are in the UK.
Highway 600 even offers hands-free calling and access to your smartphone’s personal assistant for a truly hassle-free journey.
Don’t forget the change in law!
With the introduction of strict new legislation in March, being caught using your phone while on the road will result in six licence points and a £200 fine. Laws are even stricter for new drivers caught within two years of passing their test, who will have their licence revoked and must retake their practical and theory.
Here are some top tips for staying safe and legal:
- Create playlists before hitting the road if you’re using a device like the Highway to play music over Bluetooth or Spotify Control. Tapping your phone to change a song could result in penalisation.
- If you’re driving with a passenger, ask them change the song, use navigation or check text messages for you.
- Driving solo? Resist any temptation by storing your phone in the vehicle’s glove box. Your mobile will still be connected to any hands-free device over Bluetooth and that way you can’t break the law.
- If you keep your phone in a cradle to use applications like sat nav, it’s essential that you do not touch your phone’s display while driving. Avoid this by ensuring all routes are loaded before embarking on a journey.
So, while the prospect of an extended weekend away comprised of excessive chocolate consumption is reason to celebrate, heavy traffic may well dampen your journeys. Thankfully our range of Highway adapters are here to make your Easter getaway more egg-citing than ever. Sorry, we had to do it!