Queensland drivers are being warned the combination of a long weekend and the end of school holidays could cause chaos on the roads from today.
The potentially dangerous concoction has prompted RACQ to issue a warning to motorists about planning ahead, with drivers told they could expect headaches both heading away and then returning from the long weekend.
According to travel time data from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, traffic is expected to be heaviest on the major roads north and south from Brisbane from as early as 1pm on Friday.
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“Traffic on the Bruce Highway north to the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Motorway south to the Gold Coast builds early on Friday but can also be heavy on Saturday between 9am and 2pm too,” RACQ’s Ms Ritchie said.
“Heading home on Monday, which is also the last day of school holidays, roads are expected to be busiest between 11am and 3pm.”
Ms Ritchie warned that the typical 10am checkout from holiday accommodation could also cause nightmares for Queensland drivers.
“The Pacific Motorway is bad on a good day. We know if you’re holidaying south of Brisbane staying after 10am checkout might seem like a good idea, but what we often see is everyone
has that same idea,” she said.
“Travel time for drivers heading home could more than double, so we urge people to plan their journey outside of these hours for a smoother trip home.”
Drivers being reminded of the importance of following the road rules when on a long road trip.
“Motorists should be sticking to the speed limit and taking a break at least every two hours to avoid fatigue. Driving tired causes people to lose concentration,” Ms Ritchie said.
“Phones should also be switched to do not disturb. Using your phone while driving is just as dangerous as drink driving.”