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Easter traffic: Getting home in Surrey and Hampshire

Easter traffic: Getting home in Surrey and Hampshire

Published by Josh Kerr at 6:00am 22nd April 2019.

Thousands of people across Surrey and Hampshire are expected to hit the roads today on their way back from their Easter getaways.

The busiest time to travel today is between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, with the best times being before 10:30am and after 6:30pm.

In our area the most congested routes are expected to be the M25 clockwise between J8 and J16 and the M25 anticlockwise between J4 and J30.

Further afield the northbound M3 will be busy from J14 to J7 and the M6 south from J20 to J16.

The RAC has produced the following advice for avoiding - or just coping - with the jams:

  • Think carefully about when you’re travelling - "Most traffic queues are caused by too many cars on the same roads at the same time. If you can travel outside the peak times – think early in the morning or later in the evening – you can easily miss them."

  • Make sure your car, and anything you are towing, are up to the job - "Many breakdowns are avoidable – punctures for instance can be caused by a tyre that is in poor condition or not inflated properly. Check oil and coolant levels as if these run low you could be in for an unwelcome breakdown and a big repair bill."

  • Make sure you and your passengers are as well - "Hungry, thirsty or tired passengers are recipes for in-car irritability – and ‘carguments’. So when setting out, pack enough food and water to keep your passengers happy, and plan in enough breaks along the way."

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