Drivers embarking on the Christmas getaway will not be able to escape severe jams on many roads on Friday, a traffic expert has warned.
Dr Graham Cookson, chief economist at transportation analysts Inrix, said many motorists will find themselves stuck in long queues from Friday afternoon onwards. An estimated 1.3 million drivers on leisure trips will fight for road space with regular commuters on the last working day before Christmas.
Cookson said it will be one of the worst days of the year on the roads with “incredibly severe” traffic jams.
The RAC is referring to the day as “Frantic Friday” and strongly urged drivers to avoid long journeys “if they possibly can”.
It estimates that 11.5 million leisure trips will be made by car between December 17 and Christmas Eve, but this will be eclipsed by the 17.5 million taking place between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day as people take advantage of post-Christmas sales at shops.
There is a simple solution – we really must cut back on car travel. In fact we need to cut back on the rampant consumerism associated with Christmas. The interesting thing is that it doesn’t really make us very happy!!!