Long Weekend and Easter Holiday Traffic

19 March 2013: 

Easter is early this year, and with the Human Rights public holiday forming part of many people's holiday plans, The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) warns of high traffic volumes to popular holiday destinations, especially on the coast. As with the December holidays, the expected high volume of traffic brings with it a high number of road accident fatalities.

"In spite of recent fuel and toll price increases, we expect the roads to be as busy as ever during this period," says the AA. "Although we can expect the usual holiday routes to be heavily congested, motorists need to ensure their safety on the roads by being extra vigilant and aware of what other drivers are doing around them. Having a cautious attitude certainly will help in mitigating the risk of being involved in a crash."

Motorists can expect both the N3 and N4 to carry heavy traffic volumes starting from the afternoon of Wednesday, 20th March. Traffic on both routes is expected to be busy until at least midday Thursday, 21st March. The N1 and N2 to and from Cape Town are also expected to carry high volumes of traffic.

The AA expects the N1 to Polokwane to be one of the busiest routes ahead of Easter, starting from Wednesday the 27th March, as ZCC members head to Moria for their annual pilgrimage.

It is important to keep in mind that the Gauteng government schools break up on Wednesday, 20th March and return on Tuesday, 9th April. This is going to make the routes even busier than normal and the return dates of Monday, 1st April and Sunday, 7th April are expected to see massive traffic volumes. Coastal provinces start their holidays a week later but return on the 8th April.

Here are some simple tips to help motorists plan properly beforehand to stay safe during their travels:

  • If possible, leave a day earlier to avoid the rush
  • Have a rest break every 200km or two hours
  • Adjust your speed for the prevailing road or weather conditions
  • Make it a rule that everyone in your car wears their seatbelt
  • Provide snacks and entertainment to keep the kids occupied and prevent driver distraction
  • As the driver, ignore the mobile phone
  • Drive sober

"With holiday fatalities always in the headlines around this time of year we encourage all motorists to take responsibility for their behaviour while on the road. By obeying the laws, being patient and using common sense you can ensure your own safety and that of those around you," concludes the AA.

Automobile Association of South Africa (AA)
011 799 1126

Roadside assist | Tools & guides | Travel | Legal | Sitemap