By Denna Bowman
Drivers face the worst traffic congestion of the year today as experts predict 15 million cars will hit Britain’s roads as schools break for half term.
Dubbed “Black Friday” motorists are urged to check their tyres before setting out on family trips to avoid costly accidents.
Bald and incorrectly inflated tyres could add to the misery of congestion and delays, because they are more likely to suffer blow outs or lead to accidents due to lack of effective grip on wet roads.
etyres, the UK’s leading online tyres company, is encouraging vehicle owners to spend a few minutes checking their tyres for signs of damage, poor tread depth and making sure they are inflated to the correct level.
Traffic experts Trafficmaster said: “The traditional “Black Friday” seen at the start of the autumn half term break in England and Wales – is expected to be one of the worst days on the roads for congestion this year.”
Graham Smith, data manager at Trafficmaster, said: ‘Combined with the expected increase in traffic levels at the start of the half term break – the last chance for many families for a break before Christmas, the last Friday of Summer Time, and the possibility of variable weather conditions, and we could see some of the worst congestion of the year.’
Trafficmaster said it expects to see the getaway traffic start to build from 10am onwards on Friday , with the heaviest traffic expected from 3pm onwards on the main routes.