Avoid the traffic and drive home stress-free this Christmas!
There’s no use wishing for a silent night this December: as soon as the festive countdown begins, the roads will be anything but silent! Last year saw an extra 2.5 million car journeys were made between 19th and 21st December, according to research by the RAC. With such a sudden influx of cars on the road, traffic jams and long queues are inevitable. In fact, it’s enough to drive away the Christmas spirit!
With shoppers, commuters and families taking to the roads, RAC estimate the busiest days on the run up to Christmas will, once again, be Thursday 19th and Friday 20th December 2020. Unsurprisingly, traffic jams are expected on major roads from Wednesday 18th until Friday 20th, with motorists on the M25, M6 and M40 most likely facing long delays.
In the East, the RAC predict the M20 (J8 – J13 between Lenham and Folkestone) will deliver the longest delays. The worst time to travel is at 17:30 on Thursday 19th December, when a typical 26 minute journey is estimated to take an incredible 82 minutes instead! This predictions are based on analysis of traffic flows during previous Christmas getaways.
So when is the BEST time to travel?
The RAC advises motorists to delay any travel until after 7.30pm on between Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th December. Meanwhile, early mornings and evenings are the best times to travel from Saturday 21st December until Christmas Eve. As INRIX data scientist, Joshua Kidd, explains:
“Our data shows that compared to a normal day, [Thursday 19th] December will see the biggest increase in cars on the road. With most drivers setting out mid-morning, traffic will become heavier over the course of the afternoon and stay congested into the evening. Commuters, last-ditch shoppers and online deliveries will contribute to clogging the roads. Drivers are advised to seek out alternative routes to their destinations and use the latest technology for real-time updates.”
To find out more information, please read our previous blog.