Summer heatwave keeping over 15m motorists in the UK


With the recent heatwave which has hit the UK this summer, many local motorists have opted to stay on our local roads for their holidays.

This has been revealed in new research from the automotive repair provider Kwik Fit, which studied the travel of 2,024 motorists this summer.

It was found that 47 per cent of UK drivers (an estimate 15.6 million) were having a UK based holiday this year, meaning busier and even warmer roads.

The report also revealed the most popular UK holiday destinations for drivers, with the South Coast topping the result with 25 per cent visiting there. This location is followed by the South West with 24 per cent of UK drivers visiting and Scotland with 21 per cent.

Furthermore, motorists in Yorkshire and the Humber are revealed as the most likely to take a domestic holiday, with 58 per cent planning a trip within the UK. In fact, many of them will be enjoying locations on their doorstep, with a third visiting the Yorkshire Dales.

Families in the North East are the least likely to be holidaying at home, with only 32 per cent enjoying a UK trip. Of those who are staying in the UK, half will be heading across country to the Lake District.

Drivers from the Eastern region will clock up the most miles on their summer break, with an average of 450 miles. Meanwhile drivers based in the West Midlands are able to take advantage of their convenient central location – families from that region will travel the shortest distances when staying in the UK – an average of 375 miles.

With the Highways Agency reporting recent temperatures of 40 degrees hitting UK roads, Kwik Fit points to an invention which many motorists will surely be thankful for – air conditioning.

Air conditioning was first fitted in a car back in 1933 and today around 99 per cent of new cars are equipped with this feature.

These systems will prove invaluable for many this summer, with the average family travelling 405 miles by car for their UK holiday, a total of 6,312,331,000 miles.

With at least 2.3 million drivers travelling over 800 miles on their UK holiday journey – motorists are being encouraged to check their car’s air conditioning is working efficiently.

The director of communications at Kwik Fit, Roger Griggs, commented: “The hot weather can cause a real problem for motorists if they are not prepared for it.”

He added: “Air conditioning, if available, is vitally important for driver and passenger comfort, but many are unaware that an estimated 10 per cent of air-con gas permeates from the system every year.”

“It’s crucial that systems are re-gassed and lubricated, and we urge motorists to check that their air-con is in efficient working order before they set off on their travels this summer. Further to that our simple tips, coupled with some common sense, should see motorists keeping as comfortable as possible, and easing the burden on their engines.”