easter peak traffic hours times

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Peak traffic hours for Easter: The worst times to be on the road this weekend

The Easter weekend is practically upon us – which means peak traffic hours are fast approaching. Here’s how you can avoid the busiest times.

easter peak traffic hours times

Photo: Rob Beezy

Hitting the road this weekend? Then you’ll need to try and dodge some of the more harrowing peak hours of traffic over Easter. Estimates from N3 Toll Services have highlighted the common travel patterns on this public holiday, based on the volume of vehicles that pass through their toll plazas.

It paints an eye-opening picture, to say the least. Here are the busiest times to hit the road over the weekend…

Peak traffic hours for Easter 2021

Thursday 1 April, 15:00 – 21:00

The day before Good Friday is notorious for high traffic volumes, as people escape the office early to maximise their long weekend. However, those looking to get a head start on the rest of us will likely encounter increased traffic flows from mid-afternoon, right through until the late evening.

Friday 2 April, 9:00 – 12:00

This is one of the busiest times of the year on our roads: Motorists deciding to start their Easter weekend on Friday morning need to be up and gone fairly early, or risk the terror of gridlock and congestion on Good Friday.

Monday 5 April, 9:00 – 18:00

This is the ‘great migration’. Everyone has exhausted themselves, either with the jol or because they’ve spent too much time with the in-laws. For the vast majority, Easter Monday means home time, bringing chaos to the roads for a nine-hour window. You need to leave as early or as late as possible to avoid the worst of the traffic here.

The worst times to be on the road this weekend

According to N3 Toll officials, up to 3 500 vehicles per hour could be travelling through their busiest plazas on Monday. Those who can make a dash outside of the peak traffic times must make a plan to do so…

“We are geared for busy traffic conditions over Easter: High peak flows of 2 500 vehicles per hour towards KwaZulu-Natal are expected on Thursday 1 April and Friday 2 April, and up to 3 500 vehicles per hour towards Gauteng on Monday 5 April. If possible, road users are advised to plan travel times outside of high peak periods.”