Pack your patience on the drive home: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has called for calm on the roads, as thousands of Queenslanders packed the car to head home after school holidays.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said traffic on major motorways across the State could be heavy on Sunday with many families returning home after road trips over the break.

“The school holidays have come to an end which means some of our most congested roads, like the Pacific Motorway and Bruce Highway, could be even more chockers,” Ms Ross said.

“We’re urging drivers to plan their journey carefully. Put some thought into when the best time to hit the road could be to avoid peak times, and allow extra time to get to your destination in case you hit congestion.”

With the Queensland road toll sitting higher than it was this time last year, Ms Ross also urged drivers to consider the Fatal Five messages and the road rules before they got behind the wheel.

“With so many on the roads, it’s a high-risk time for crashes and that’s why it’s so important drivers remember the Fatal Five,” she said.

“Tragically, the vast majority of fatalities in Queensland are caused by human error and are avoidable – people who’re speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, distracted, are too tired or are drink or drug driving.

“Also, drivers need to remember the fundamentals like indicating, maintaining a safe following distance and keeping left unless overtaking, because these are simple things that are critical to keeping traffic flowing and people safe.”

Drivers could visit RACQ’s Road Conditions website for the most up-to-date traffic information.