Worst time for Easter traffic revealed

Drivers have been warned to prepare for traffic headaches as tens of thousands headed home after the Easter long weekend today.

Traffic on the M1, at the Gateway merge

Data obtained by RACQ from the Department of Transport and Main Roads found the busiest time for drivers heading back to Brisbane after Easter was during the lunch period.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said drivers heading northbound from the Gold Coast and southbound from the Sunshine Coast should travel early or late in the day to avoid the heaviest delays.

“Historically traffic on the Bruce Highway and Pacific Motorway is busiest between 11am and 2.30pm,” Ms Hunter said.

“If you’re on the road during this period you could see your travel time tripled, so it’s wise to plan your journey outside these hours for a smoother run home.”

Ms Hunter reminded drivers of the importance of being well-rested before getting behind the wheel.

“With the journey expected to take longer than usual, make sure you plan ahead and factor in the added time and ensure you are rested enough for the trip,” she said.

“Drivers should be taking a break every two hours, and if possible switching drivers. Fatigue is a serious killer and Easter is a very high-risk time for these types of crashes.

“If you’re unsure about when to leave, always consult RACQ’s Road Conditions website before you hit the road for the latest traffic information.”