Drivers urged to be patient in holiday traffic

MOTORISTS have been urged to allow extra time for congestion on Gold Coast roads this afternoon as the winter school holidays begin.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said holiday traffic would most likely create delays in the usual hot spots.

“The Pacific Motorway on the Gold Coast, the Gateway Motorway in Brisbane and the Bruce Highway on the Sunshine Coast are once again expected to be among the most congested areas in the south east as many families head away for the break,” Ms Ritchie said.


“Motorists can avoid frustration by being patient, giving themselves more time and leaving home a little earlier.”

Ms Ritchie said it was important motorists planned their journeys and remained well rested.

“Fatigue can creep up on drivers before they realise it. The best thing motorists can do is get a good night’s sleep before they start their trip,” she said.

“Once on the road they need to stop and rest for at least 15 minutes every two hours and should not drive more than eight to 10 hours in a day.

“Motorists should also avoid driving at times when they would usually be asleep, otherwise the risk of having a crash increases.”

RACQ encourages motorists to check before embarking on their trips to help avoid any unexpected problems.