Traffic levels set to spike 43%

Traffic levels are expected to jump by 43% before the end of the week, as more than 21 million drivers plans Christmas getaways.

According to research carried out by the RAC and INRIX, traffic levels will surge from 2.2 million today to 3.2 million tomorrow.

Levels will spike again over the weekend, with up to 13.5 million drivers taking to UK roads. This is an increase of 20% on the same period last year.

Roads will also be busy on Christmas Day and Boxing Day with an average of 3.5 million trips expected.

RAC Breakdown spokesperson Alice Simpson said: “Since Christmas falls on a Monday this year, there’s no need for drivers to use annual leave for getaway trips as they can travel over the weekend before. For that very reason, our research suggests these days will be the busiest times to drive, so we urge people to set off as early as possible on Saturday and Sunday.”