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16.5 million UK drivers to take to roads this bank holiday

Over half (52%) of drivers – equivalent to 16.5 million people – are planning on using their car to travel this bank holiday weekend, according to new research by Confused.com.

Queue of traffic

16.5m drivers will take the roads this weekend, says Confused.com

The price comparison site found that almost one in seven (15%) drivers will be going for a short UK ‘staycation’. Meanwhile, more than one in five (22%) will visit friends and family, while one in five (20%) will be going on a day trip.

However, there are many drivers that won’t be travelling this August bank holiday. More than a third (35%) say traffic is always too bad to go anywhere. One in five (20%) say they hate driving over the bank holiday weekend, while just over one in 10 (11%) say driving on the bank holiday is a complete waste of time.

Despite this, three-quarters (75%) of drivers say they enjoy driving most of the time. When asked what driving means to them, almost two-thirds (65%) of drivers included “freedom” in their choice, while three-quarters (75%) said “independence”.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.