Motorists are being advised to take extra care while driving in UK cities, towns and villages over the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Many local streets will be officially and unofficially closed for celebrations.

Millions meandering

The Government recommended organisers inform local authorities between four and 12 weeks in advance of their event.

The extended Bank Holiday takes place at the start of June –  Thursday 2nd, Friday 3rd followed by the weekend.

It is anticipated thousands of parties will be taking place across the UK to celebrate the Queen’s 70 year reign on the throne. More than ten million people are set to enjoy street parties nationwide.

Driving instructors are one group being warned to be aware of local closures if giving lessons.

Be aware

A spokesperson for says that all driver need to be prepared and aware. Four days of festivities, at different times of days, could cause problems, so plan in advance.

“Motorists should take extra time on their journey to account for unexpected road closures,” says the company. “Anticipate the potential need to find an alternative route, ” adding that is important to leave “more time to reach your destination”.

Official and unofficial

Residents up and down the country are currently liaising with local authorities for temporary road closures involving street signs and barriers. Many councils may also choose to generate a map on their website highlighting where and when parties are taking place.

There is a huge amount of planning taking place with councils. Road closures need to be assessed and catered for, especially if bus route are affected, or they are an important thoroughfare. Neighbourhoods and the public have to be consulted, along with local businesses.

However, if a smaller event is planned, local residents may not need to inform the council about what is taking place. If you live in a cul-de-sac, for example, some councils waive the need for a formal road closure. It is also anticipated that some residents will close their street unofficially.

The Government says small-scale events can be classed as an informal Street Meet. These can be on a driveway, parking area or front garden. All drivers must have a raise awareness of revellers and more importantly, children playing on or around roads.