The Easter bank holiday is almost upon us and roads are already starting to get busy.
Some 16 million car journeys are expected to take place between Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday is expected to be the busiest day, with 5.1 million journeys predicted.
But, in a shock survey by OSV Ltd, motorists are being put off travelling over the easter period with many choosing to avoid driving altogether.
Almost fifty percent of British drivers said they will not be driving over the easter period this year, with the biggest reason being because of traffic concerns.
The survey by vehicle leasing supplier, OSV Ltd said that 53% of us won’t be driving on the roads over the chocolate season.
That compares to 80% of motorists who revealed that they were planning to drive over the Easter period back in 2014.
Just 47% of the 1,000 motorists surveyed said they would be driving the car to either visit friends and family or take a holiday.
Of those that admitted they were avoiding making car journeys, 49% said it was because of traffic concerns, 27% said they were not bothered about seeing friends and family over the easter break, and 14% said it was because they could not afford to make a trip this easter.
Cofounder of OSV Ltd, Debbie Kirkley said: “It is no surprise that potential traffic delays are putting a lot of people off travelling over the easter period. A long journey being made even longer can be a very stressful time and can result in in-car arguments or accidents.”