Take it easy on roads after school holidays: RACQ

The State’s peak motoring body has warned drivers to expect heavy traffic when thousands of holiday makers returned home after the school holidays.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said drivers needed to be patient behind the wheel when they hit the highways.

“It’ll be a traffic nightmare on all the major roads,” Ms Ritchie said.

“That includes the run in from the Sunshine Coast along the Bruce Highway and on the M1 from the Gold Coast.”

Drivers who would travel long distances were urged to take plenty of rest stops and to prepare for potential delays.

“Expect your trip to take a little longer than usual, and keep your cool when you hit the snarls,” she said.

Ms Ritchie said because the roads were so congested, motorists needed to be even more cautious and drive to conditions.

“This school holidays we’ve already seen more people die on our roads compared with the same time last year,” she said.

“That’s nine families grieving a loss of life in crashes and it’ll be tragic if that number rises in the closing hours of the break.”

Live traffic information could be found at RACQ’s Road Conditions website.