How to beat the Christmas traffic gridlock

Thousands of motorists are set to hit the roads on Christmas Day, but do you know the best time to travel to avoid the traffic?

Figures from the Department of Transport and Main Roads showed last year the busiest time on the roads was between 8:30am-11:30am.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said if motorists wished to avoid festive congestion, they should opt for a later lunch, or early dinner instead.

“We’ve seen a trend across the major arterials including the Pacific Motorway and the Bruce Highway in both directions, with traffic volumes dipping to their lowest points between 12:30pm and 1:45pm,” Ms Ritchie said.

“If you can encourage your family to have lunch sometime after 2pm, you might be able to beat the heavy traffic, and can spend more time with loved ones.”

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Ms Ritchie said some major roads, including the Bruce Highway at Caboolture, and again near North Lakes, saw another peak between 7:45pm and 8:15pm.

“We know there’s going to be a large number of people hitting the roads later in the evening as they make their way home from a festive day with the family,” she said.

“For those people travelling through those regions, our advice is to try and leave before 7pm if you want to beat the crowds.

“And if you do get stuck in traffic, make sure you pack your patience to ensure we all get where we need to be this Christmas.”