It became known the exact time when the Christmas chaos will begin on the roads.
The worst congestion is expected to be from 10:00 to 19:00 on Friday and from 12:00 to 13:00 on Saturday.
It is estimated that around 20 million car trips will be made on Sunday in the run-up to Christmas.
In the two days immediately before the 25th, the RAC forecasts 7.9 million tons will be produced.
The pressure on the roads will be increased due to the strike of thousands of members of the Union of Railroad, Maritime and Transport (RMT) in Network Rail from 18:00 on Christmas Eve.
Train passengers are strongly encouraged to travel as early as lunchtime on that day, meaning many people will choose to travel by car or bus instead.
Overall traffic will be much higher ahead of the weekend as drivers leaving for the holiday period compete for road space with commuters and regular motorists.
This can cause traffic jams in cities and on major highways.
Transport analyst firm Inrix expects travel times to increase by about 14% compared to the same period last year.
Roads likely to be clogged this week include the M25, the M60 near Manchester, the M6 in the North West of England and the M40 in Oxfordshire.
National Highways said it would ensure nearly 98% of England’s motorways and main roads are fully open from Tuesday 6am until the end of January 2, either by completing or canceling road works.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Our research indicates that getaway traffic will steadily increase throughout the week, culminating in two crazy days of travel shortly before Christmas.
“We fear there will be traffic jams today and tomorrow by Friday as millions of people get behind the wheel to see family and friends – with last-minute Christmas shoppers and the aftermath of yet another rail strike. leads to increased traffic.
“If possible, drivers should try to make trips on a quieter day earlier this week, if possible.”
RAC traffic estimates are based on a survey of 1,886 British adults last week.
The AA, which issued an “Amber Traffic Warning” on Friday and Saturday, urged motorists to carry out vehicle checks such as fuel, oil, coolant and washer levels, and to make sure tires are properly inflated.
The company’s head of road policy, Jack Cousins, said: “Breakdowns increase congestion, so if everyone takes 10 minutes to check their car before leaving, it could save everyone hours on the road.”
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