Monday 14 June 2021 11:40 am

RAC: UK roads set for a busy summer as drivers eye domestic holidays

Over four-in-10 drivers have already booked up their UK-based holiday this summer, according to a survey by RAC.

Breakdown and car insurer RAC found that domestic holidays could be even more popular if Covid-19 restrictions prevent foreign travel.

The survey, which polled 2,100 drivers, saw 13 per cent say they hoped to hop on an outbound flight this summer.

But as the government appears to eye a delay on its 21 June Freedom Day, nearly half of those surveyed thought that they would try to take a holiday within the UK if restrictions completely banned overseas holidays.

A quarter said that they would try to delay their trip to another date when restrictions are eased, while 16 per cent would drop the idea of a holiday abroad entirely this year.

With 19 of the 20 most popular holiday destinations closed off to Brits this season, the UK’s roads could be looking at a packed summer, the RAC said.  

RAC Breakdown spokesman Simon Williams said: “With months of being locked down now behind us there’s a clear and very understandable desire from most people to have a summer holiday of some sort.

“That said, a significant proportion don’t intend to get away at all, perhaps worried about a possible third Covid wave or, more optimistically, hoping for a better opportunity of going abroad later on this year.”