13m vehicles are expected to hit the country’s major roads over the Christmas period
More than 13m vehicles are expected to hit the country’s major roads on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day as they make their way to family and friends for the festive break, according to research from the RAC.
Christmas Eve is estimated to be the busiest day with more than 4.3m vehicles getting away using motorways and major trunk roads. And, on Christmas Day a massive 3.7m vehicles will take to the road network while Boxing Day should see slightly more at 4.1m.
The RAC is advising motorists to plan and prepare thoroughly before setting off on their journeys so as to avoid suffering any of the most common winter vehicle problems. To ensure everyone gets where they need to for their Christmas celebrations even if they break down on the way an extra 10% RAC patrols will be on duty on the roads.
RAC roadside operations manager Matt Dallaway said: “Everyone wants to be with their nearest and dearest at this time of year, and with a few careful preparations before setting off they can be, as these will help avoid many of the most common vehicle problems. Checking oil and coolant levels are two simple things that can make a big difference to a successful journey.
“And by checking wiper blades, screen wash, tyres and lights, motorists will be much better prepared for any wet and windy weather they may encounter. When roads are predicted to be busy, it’s also sensible to check alternative routes and allow ample time for travel.
Services such as the RAC’s Route Planner and mobile traffic app can help with this planning and save vital time once behind the wheel. This now even gives live traffic, roadworks and weather information.
“In addition, motorists may be driving with people who aren’t regular travellers, such as older people and young children so it’s a good idea to factor in regular breaks as well as packing plenty of warm clothes and provisions, just in case there are any unforeseen problems along the way.”
Services provided by the RAC for drivers this Christmas
For motorists planning to travel during the Christmas holidays and winter period, the RAC has a dedicated winter driving advice area on its website, (www.rac.co.uk/advice/winter-driving). It includes advice on driving in heavy rain and high winds as well as a checklist for winter drivers for before they leave home. Spotted something? Got a story? Send a Facebook Message | A direct message on Twitter | Email: News@Deeside.com