Highways England is removing more than 300 miles of roadworks and issuing safe travel tips to help drivers experience safe journeys over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Where it is safe to do so, roadworks will be lifted or suspended on England’s motorways and major A-roads from 6am Friday 24 August until 12.01am on Tuesday 28 August.

“We’re doing everything we can to make journeys as smooth as possible for this August getaway and that’s why we’re keeping more than 97 percent of the road network we manage, free from roadworks,” said Highways England’s Customer Service Director, Melanie Clarke. “We’d remind people about the importance of checking their vehicle before setting off and simple things like checking fuel and oil levels, tyre pressure and that all the lights work properly, can keep you moving and the network flowing.”

Highways England’s tips for August Bank Holiday weekend travel:

  • check fuel: make sure you have enough to get to your destination
  • check tyres: check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit
  • check engine oil: use your dipstick to check oil before any long journey, and top up if needed – take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual
  • check water: to ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen
  • check lights: if your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself at risk

Highways England is also advising anyone towing a caravan, boat, horse box or trailer to take the following steps:

  • carry out a final maintenance check before setting off, and leave plenty of time for your journey
  • be aware that driving while towing will inevitably affect the vehicle’s performance, especially braking distances
  • check that the vehicle and load are secure and the weight is correctly distributed in accordance with the manufacturers’ specifications
  • make sure you are adequately covered for recovery and breakdown
  • know the correct speed limit for your vehicle and the roads you travel on, and don’t drive faster than the speed limit for the type of road
  • towing mirrors not only allow you to view to the rear, in most cases they are a legal requirement when towing a wider trailer
  • driving licences place restrictions on the trailers that you can tow, you may need to take a further test to progress to towing larger trailers
  • if your caravan or trailer starts to snake or swerve, it’s a sign you’re going too fast or the trailer is loaded incorrectly. Ease off the accelerator and reduce your speed gently
  • don’t brake harshly on a bend, as it makes the trailer unstable. Reduce your speed in plenty of time for any hazard
  • you shouldn’t drive in the right hand lane of a motorway with three or more lanes