Pack your patience for Easter traffic snarls

The State’s peak motoring body has urged motorists to allow extra time on the roads with Easter traffic expected to cause delays from as early as Thursday.

Traffic on the Pacific Highway at Mudgeeraba

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the Club had obtained travel time data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads which revealed when major arterial roads across the south east would be at their busiest during the coming days.

“In recent years we’ve seen roads like the Bruce Highway north to the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Motorway south to the Gold Coast build up from as early as 10am Thursday, as many drivers try and make a really early getaway to miss the afternoon rush,” Dr Michael said.

“If you’ve not already left for your holiday, you’re also likely to come across the same conditions on Good Friday between 10am and noon.

“The trip back to Brisbane on Monday is also likely to be congested, with the busiest period between 11am and 2.30pm. If you’re on the road then you could see your travel time tripled, so it’s wise to plan your journey outside these hours for a smoother run home.

“Just remember, traffic congestion happens – so plan for delays, remain patient and don’t become frustrated or aggressive over the Easter break.”

Dr Michael also reminded drivers, who would be embarking on road trips, of the importance of being well-rested and taking regular breaks.

“Being fatigued causes drivers to lose concentration, become drowsy and, at worst, slip into a micro-sleep, so it’s so important to take a break at least every two hours,” she said.

“More than 30 Driver Reviver sites will operate at rest areas across the State this Easter period, so use them and plan your travels so the drive, including breaks, are part of the journey.”

The latest travel and traffic information could be viewed on RACQ’s Road Conditions website.