Avoid N3 at night, holiday drivers urged

2007-12-08 00:00

Holidaymakers planning to travel to the KwaZulu-Natal coastline this December should plan their trips outside of the anticipated peak travelling periods this festive season.

This is the message from N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the concessionaire responsible for the N3 toll route between Heidelberg and Cedara, which has analysed previous years’ traffic patterns on the N3 over the festive season.

According to N3TC, the following dates have been identified as peak traffic periods:

•Friday, December14;

•Monday, December17;

•Friday, December21;

•Monday, December24;

•Friday, December28;

•Tuesday, January1;

•Wednesday, January 2; and

•Sunday, January 6.

Research has shown that the most motorists returning from Durban to Johannesburg leave in the late morning, creating severe congestion; motorists leaving early in the morning experience less congestion.

“We appeal to holidaymakers to plan their journeys outside of the peak traffic periods and preferably not at night.

“Night time driving coupled with speed has been identified as the main cause of accidents on the N3 over the past few years,” commented Con Roux, commercial manager of N3TC.

Travellers proposing to use the N3 toll route can plan their trips before they leave with the help of the N3TC website (www.n3tc.co.za).

Motorists travelling on the N3 toll route can get help through the Customer Careline at 0800 N3 HELP (0800 63 4357).

“Road safety remains a priority for N3TC and help is readily available.

“However, ultimate responsibility rests with each and every motorist to take regular breaks in order to stay alert and to comply with the indicated speed limits at all times,” said Roux.

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