The worst dates to hit the road this December holiday


Whether you're taking a roadtrip up the entire south coast or just opting for a short drive to a little remote town for the weekend, festive season roads are notorious for being packed.

Road-rage, extended driving time and possible accidents on the road are always possibilities, but just before December holiday hits, all of this is heightened and driving behaviour changes. Think about trailers, unfocused drivers already in holiday move and drunk drivers taking to the roads. 

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So, avoiding the busiest days on the road might just make your holiday so much more merry.

Here are some dates to avoid: 

The busiest days of the festive season: 

Friday, 13 December 2019

The 16th of December is a public holiday. It is also a Monday. That makes for a double whammy. And some lucky, lucky employees might even be able to take holiday from this Friday and into the new year, which could mean a Friday of bumper-to-bumper. 

Alternative travel dates: Spend the weekend at home and rather head out on the Sunday taking the 17th off, DIYing your own weekend this way. 

20 - 24 December

Basically, every day leading up to Christmas Day on the 25th. However, Friday the 20th should see the most traffic on South Africa's busiest roads. Roads like the N4 to Maputo and the N3 to Durban are already jam-packed most of the year, especially with large trucks, so be sure be avoid these roads and particular dates.

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Alternative travel dates: Try to leave earlier, midweek when everyone else is still stuck at work, or alternatively try to head out as early as you can on the 22nd, Sundays tend to be quieter traffic days, even in peak season.

The 24th can also see a spike in traffic on SA roads as last-minute commuters desperately try to get to their destination on time. 

On the flip side of this, The South African notes that Christmas Day and Boxing Day experience some of the lightest traffic days as people tend to relax with family and friends at home. 

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