British Motorists Plan May Day Excursions Amid Travel Fears – May Day ...
United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 3 May 2013
Direct Car Excess Insurance brings you a compilation of May Day statistics to alert motorists for the busy May Day bank holiday.
A recent Inrix poll suggests the typical UK motorist spends 29 hours a year in traffic jams, and bank holidays are often particularly problematic. Add to this the start of the British summer holiday season and the fact that the last bank holiday was the coldest Easter since records began; another glimpse of the recent sunshine could create a perfect storm of travel chaos.
The May Day or Early May bank holiday, celebrated on the first Monday after May 1, was introduced in the UK in 1978 by Employment Secretary Michael Foot to honour the country’s workers. Other May Day traditions date back to pagan Britain and include fertility rites like Morris dancing, dancing around Maypoles, and crowning a May Queen.
A report by Quadrangle found a general increase from 2011 to 2012 in fears about other road users, and three out of five drivers say there are not enough police on the roads. Insurance prices went up by 14.4% in 2011, forcing many motorists to switch providers or renegotiate their premium. Fifteen percent reduced their cover with 24% dropping extras like legal insurance. More than 10% have illegally named a false registered driver to reduce their premium, and some even cancelled their cover.