We all know that the roads will be busy in the days leading up to Christmas, as people travel the length and breadth of the country to visit their loved ones.
But the RAC is urging motorists to carefully plan their journeys. The motoring organisation has carried out research with INRIX, which estimates that Friday 21 December will be the busiest day on the UK’s roads.
According to their projections, some 2.8 million vehicles will be on the roads to get people to friends or family for Christmas. This is in addition to the commuter traffic you’d usually get on a Friday.
Of course there are certain stretches of road that are expected to be busier than others too. The RAC and INRIX research expects the southbound carriageway on the M40 between the M42 in Warwickshire and junction 8A at Oxford to see delays of around 1.5 hours on Friday.
However, it’s Boxing Day when the most leisure journeys will take place on our roads, with 6.8 million of us jumping in our cars.
Thinking about the best time of day to travel at to avoid the worst of the traffic could mean you have a much more enjoyable drive to your family or friends this year.
Mark Souster, RAC patrol of the year, also advised drivers to take the time to give their cars a once over before getting behind the wheel.
“A few moments spent checking things like fuel, oil, coolant and screenwash levels and the condition and pressure of tyres could make the difference between a stress-free journey and one plagued by a breakdown,” he stated.
Even if you’ve got your motor on VW car leasing deals, it doesn’t hurt to check these basic things.
As well as checking your car, you should also make sure that you’re up to the drive. Research from the AA Charitable Trust last month revealed that 13 per cent of drivers have admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel.