BANK HOLIDAY HEATWAVE SET TO DRIVE MILLIONS OF MOTORISTS INTO SCORCHING TAILBACKS

5 MILLION DRIVERS SET TO HIT THE ROAD ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON 

New Waze data reveals best and worst times to drive over bank holiday weekend

With as many as over 20 million drivers expected to take to UK roads over a scorching May bank holiday weekend, crowdsourced sat nav app Waze reveals that motorists will spend 23% longer in the car than the average Friday, and will drive for 32% longer (78km compared to 59km).

Traffic jam reports are expected to peak at 100,000 on Friday afternoon with speeds slowing to an average 21 mph across the country, as millions make their getaways from work to take advantage of record breaking Saharan temperatures.

To avoid the worst of the traffic, drivers should head off after 8pm on Friday evening; before 10am or after 6pm on Saturday; before 10am and after 5pm on Sunday and before noon and after 6pm on Bank holiday Monday.

Finlay Clark, Head of Waze UK, says the apps usage will spike by 33% on Friday and Saturday:

“Every bank holiday millions of people experience the frustration of sitting in hours of tailbacks and this bank holiday is expected to be no different. In fact, with the warmest Spring heatwave forecast in more than 160 years, traffic could be even worse as motorists head for the beach to make the most of the rare sunshine.

We advise checking Waze for live traffic updates from millions of fellow drivers to avoid the worst of the congestion. If you find yourself in traffic, the app provides peace of mind by suggesting the fastest and most optimal route possible to any destination.”

Join this community of drivers today by downloading the free Waze app for iOs or Android at www.waze..com/get.