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19 million drivers on roads during busiest festive day
Date posted: 11th December 2018

December 21st is expected to be the busiest day on the roads this festive season, with almost 19 million drivers embarking on trips, new research from the AA suggests.

The annual getaway from work and school will combine with the last-minute shopping frenzy as 59% of drivers take to main roads or motorways on the last Friday before Christmas, the poll of 20,000 motorists indicated.

The breakdown recovery firm warned of queues on major routes and urged people to check traffic reports before setting off.

More than half (53%) of respondents to the survey said they would be driving on December 22nd. This is the most popular day of the festive period for shopping and other day trips, with 29% of people embarking on such journeys.

Christmas Eve is expected to see less commuter traffic than normal as it falls on a Monday, meaning many people will finish work on the previous Friday. However, 50% of drivers are still expected to travel in the 24 hours before Christmas Day, with a spike in visits to friends and family.

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