BRITS are bracing for travel chaos across the country this weekend as 20 million cars hit the road for a Jubilee getaway.
So to ensure your bumper Bank Holiday begins without a hitch, it's important to make sure your motor is in tip-top shape.
Motorways were already packed early on Wednesday morning, as commuters tried to beat the rush tomorrow.
The Platinum Jubilee also clashes with the end of half-term for many schoolkids, creating a recipe for chaos on the roads.
And the precarious weather forecast threatens to stir up even more travel trouble.
But while your loading up your red and blue bunting, it's important to also make sure your vehicle is capable of making the gruelling journey.
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The RAC have now let drivers in on how they can ensure smooth sailing on the busiest weekend of the year.
RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “The fact the bank holidays coincide with the end of half-term in many places has the potential to put some extra pressure on the road network, so planning a journey carefully is important to beat the worst of any queues.
"The best way for drivers to avoid breaking down this week is to check over their vehicles before setting out – yet our research shows less than a fifth do this routinely.
"Making sure oil, coolant and screenwash are all at the right levels takes just minutes, as does ensuring tyres are free of damage and are inflated properly.
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"A bit of TLC now could make the difference between a straightforward trip and one beset by a breakdown."
The handy tips and preparing for your road trip could make all the difference to your driving experience this weekend.r
The RAC has already warned that Friday June 3 will be the busiest day to hit the road – with 3.6 MILLION people heading out by car.
And the worst times to travel that day will be between 7am and 2pm – with the A303 and the M25 among the roads to watch for delays.
After Friday, the second-worst day to travel is Thursday June 2, when a predicted 3.3 million drivers will take to the roads.
The busiest time that day is between 9am and 2pm – with the M5 and M25 most at risk.
Meanwhile, the quietest day on the roads this bank holiday will be Sunday June 5 – when 2.3 million drivers head out.
Between Wednesday and Saturday, anyone hitting the road for a late spring getaway is likely to face misery on motorways and A-roads.
Day-trippers wishing to avoid the biggest queues are urged to leave either before 6am or after 3pm, traffic information supplier Inrix says.
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Traffic hotspots include the M25 anticlockwise from Junction 17 at Maple Cross Interchange, Hertfordshire to Junction 12 at Thorpe Interchange, Surrey.
The A303 running past Stonehenge, Wiltshire – a popular route for holidaymakers travelling towards the South West – will also be badly affected.
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