MOTORISTS are being warned to brace for a horror afternoon on Gold Coast roads, as thousands of people hit the road for the start of Christmas holidays.
Delays are expected to start building from lunchtime today and continue right through until tomorrow.
Lauren Ritchie from the RACQ says anyone travelling on the Pacific Motorway should prepare for lengthy delays.
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“Historic traffic data shows the Pacific Motorway south to the Gold Coast and the border and the Bruce Highway heading north will be jammed from around midday and remain busy until well into tomorrow morning,” Ms Ritchie said.
“It’s likely there will be a second congestion peak on Christmas Eve as the next wave of people embark on their festive road trips.
“We see it every year, so drivers shouldn’t be fooled into thinking they won’t face congestion.”
Ms Ritchie is also warning drivers to try and avoid filling up the tank just yet, with petrol prices in South East Queensland remaining high.
She said motorists should hold off until prices fall into the low one dollar 40s.
“After those recent record-breaking petrol highs, prices are falling but we’re yet to reach the cheap phase of the cycle,”\” she said.
“Currently retail margins are in excess of 20 cents per litre (cpl) and it would be nicer at this time of year for drivers to be feeling the Christmas cheer, rather than fuel companies.
“We advise drivers to avoid filling up the tank for as long as possible as prices will continueto fall every day. If you’re in Brisbane, Ipswich, or the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, 143cpl is a cheap price.”