School holiday traffic to clog roads: RACQ

As school holidays got underway and thousands of Queensland families set off around the State from Friday, RACQ has reminded drivers to pack their patience and allow extra time on the roads.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said traffic on major motorways could be heavy from Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning. 

“Border restrictions mean families will be venturing around Queensland this school holidays, so we’re anticipating an influx of extra vehicles on the road,” Ms Hunter said.   

“If you can, try and avoid departing during peak times. If that’s not possible allow extra time to get to your destination and always be patient behind the wheel.

“From Brisbane to the Gold Coast drivers should expect traffic delays due to road works the M1 and north to the Sunshine Coast will likely be slow going, especially around the Caloundra exit. Check RACQ’s Road Conditions website for the most up-to-date traffic information before you set off.

“Remember the basics while driving, especially on congested highways. Maintain a safe following distance and keep left unless overtaking because these simple measures help keep traffic flowing.”

Ms Hunter also urged drivers to avoid the Fatal Five behaviours following a horror week on Queensland’s roads. 

“We’ve already lost 183 lives to crashes this year and with so many families on the roads, it’s a high-risk time for fatalities and serious injuries. It’s so important drivers focus on avoiding risky behaviours behind the wheel,” she said.

“Avoid driving tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, don’t be distracted, don’t speed, make sure everyone in the car - including the kids- are buckled up.”