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North Yorkshire Christmas Getaway - Roads Warning


11:33am 21st December 2012



The busiest days for Christmas getaway traffic are expected to be today and tomorrow say the AA.


According to Trafficmaster, the top five busiest stretches are likely to be:


M25 - Between Junction 12 (M3) and Junction 17 (M40) both ways

M6 - Between Junction 11A (M6 Toll) and Junction 21 (M62) both ways

M1 - Between Junction 6A (M25) and Junction 13 (Milton Keynes)

M5 - Between Junction 15 (M4) and Junction 18

M62 - Between Junction 10 (M6 and Warrington) and Junction 12 (M60 at Eccles)


Driving over Christmas and New Year


The AA say that although many people won’t be working on Christmas Eve, the roads will still be busy with last-minute Christmas shoppers and getaway traffic. In total, 38 per cent of those surveyed expect to drive on Christmas Eve, say the AA.


 The roads won’t be completely deserted on Christmas Day either according to the AA, with around a third (32%) likely to hop in the car, mostly on relatively short journeys; and the New Year sales will help draw out more people on Boxing Day with 35 per cent driving, they add.


Of those planning to drive on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day, they expect to cover:


Be prepared and be informed say the AA:


Andy Smith, AA patrol of the year, says: “Although it’s currently fairly mild, the outlook is a bit more unsettled with the risk of wet and windy weather, which could affect the Christmas getaway.

“It’s always one of the busiest periods on the roads, so check the weather and traffic before heading off and plan accordingly. If you’re travelling with children, take plenty of things to keep them entertained and break up any journey more than three hours long.


“Many breakdowns are preventable, so take a few minutes to do the basic checks on your car. Don’t forget to top up the windscreen wash, check and clean your lights, and adjust tyre pressures for a full load, if required.


“Also don’t take a chance with the weather, so pack a few extra warm and waterproof layers, food, water, torch, fully-charged mobile and an atlas or sat-nav in case of any unexpected diversions.”


Trafficmaster says it expects busy traffic around major retail outlets until Christmas Eve, particularly at closing times. Sunday (23 December) is likely to be the busiest shopping day and most shops close early on Christmas Eve, they say.


Christmas Day working


Although it’s the quietest day of the year for traffic and breakdowns, AA patrols across the country volunteer to work on Christmas Day to rescue those in trouble, say the AA.


Last year, they say, they came to the aid of around 2,700 members on Christmas Day; and this year, around 450 patrols and a similar number of call handlers and operational employees will work in shifts on Christmas Day. Further patrols will be on standby ready to forgo Christmas festivities if required, say the AA.


Patrols who work on Christmas Day are paid a premium rate and their colleagues at the AA’s operational centre at Oldbury, West Midlands, get provided with a Christmas buffet, say the AA.


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