Long weekend traffic double whammy
The State’s peak motoring body has warned drivers of considerable traffic delays on major arterial roads from today, with the long weekend to coincide with the end of school holidays.
Travel time data, supplied to RACQ from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, revealed traffic would be heaviest on the major roads north and south from Brisbane from as early as 1pm on Friday.
RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said drivers could expect headaches both heading away and then returning from the long weekend.
“Traffic on the Bruce Highway north to the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Motorway south to the Gold Coast builds early on Friday but can also be heavy on Saturday between 9am and 2pm too,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Heading home on Monday, which is also the last day of school holidays, roads are expected to be busiest between 11am and 3pm.
“The Pacific Motorway is bad on a good day. We know if you’re holidaying south of Brisbane, staying after 10am checkout might seem like a good idea, but what we often see is everyone has that same idea.
“Travel time for drivers heading home could more than double, so we urge people to plan their journey outside of these hours for a smoother trip home.”
Ms Ritchie also reminded drivers of the importance of following the road rules and avoiding the fatal five when on a long road trip.
“Motorists should be sticking to the speed limit and taking a break at least every two hours to avoid fatigue. Driving tired causes people to lose concentration,” she said.
“Phones should also be switched to do not disturb. Using your phone while driving is just as dangerous as drink driving.”
The latest travel and traffic information could be viewed on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.