Think ahead, beat the jams.
IT'S time for another bank holiday, but the last thing you need is to get stuck in traffic on your way to and from an attraction, or even the local DIY store.
Tempers may fray, but it does not have to be that way - which is why the RAC is advising bank holiday drivers to plan their routes this weekend.
The motor insurance company says that waiting in a queue of red tail-lights does not have to be inevitable on a bank holiday.
"You can avoid bank holiday traffic by choosing to travel on quieter roads at peak times or the busiest roads at the quietest times, which will also save you time and fuel," said a spokesman.
"Planning alternative routes before you set off, allowing extra time and properly preparing your vehicle for travel, can all help you avoid bank holiday traffic. And should the worst happen, having breakdown cover will help get you back on the road again as quickly as possible."
DIY is a popular way to spend a bank holiday weekend, so approach roads to certain stores can be traffic hotspots.
Congestion usually peaks around lunchtime on the Saturday, so avoid that kind of time and maybe go on Friday evening to beat the rush.
It's always best to plan ahead