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Cold Weather Could Ruin Easter Journeys

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Motorists planning to take to the roads for an Easter getaway this weekend are being warned of impending bad weather in certain parts of the UK. The North West in particular is set to suffer heavy winds and rain over the Easter bank holiday weekend. Some parts of the country could even see snow fall along with heavy rain and gales.

Adverse weather including winds of over 70mph has already seen football games abandoned this week and some Easter holidaymakers are making alternative plans, as a sunny bank holiday weekend is looking very unlikely. Met Office forecasts show severe rain crossing over the South West and Wales, which is likely to blight all four days of the Easter holiday period. Nonetheless some 16 million people are still expected to use the roads over Easter weekend, twice as many as usual.

Easter bank holiday traditionally precipitates busier weekends on Britain's roads, as motorists take advantage of lighter evenings and longer days. Drivers also benefit from a temporary suspension of hundreds of miles of road works during the Easter holiday period, although 69 areas will still experience temporary speed restrictions and lane closures. The Highways Agency, known as Highways England from 1st April, has announced that it will be lifting or completing 209 separate road work projects to A roads and motorways by 2nd April.

This should mean that 97 per cent of 9,534 miles of carriageway will be free of road works over the busy Easter holiday period. 62 separate lane restrictions and road works will be suspended over 201 miles of carriageway from 6am on 2nd April until midnight on 7th April. A further 147 road work projects covering 371 miles of carriageway are set to be completed in time for the bank holiday weekend.

Given the forecast for this Easter, motorists are being advised to thoroughly prepare for their journeys by checking their vehicle's health, including tyres, wiper blades and batteries. They are also advised to carry essential equipment including a first aid kit and a reflective warning triangle. Investing in a breakdown recovery policy and making sure that mobile phones are fully charged before setting off are further wise precautions. With the possibility of the weather affecting journey times, motorists are being encouraged to set off early and leave plenty of time to arrive at their destination.

When travelling in poor weather conditions, drivers are urged to reduce their speed and to leave plenty of distance from the car in front to allow for longer stopping distances.

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