The end of year holidays are upon us and, as usual, the local tabloids are predicting Carmageddon. Now I know the M1/Pacific Motorway north towards Brisbane will be terri-bi-ba-ble, and I have personal experience of being stuck in endless jams going south towards Wollongong, but this time we're taking the M31/Hume Highway west towards Canberra and Melbourne.
- Just how bad is the traffic likely to be on the 23rd? (That is, day before Xmas Eve, which in 2014 is a non-holiday Tuesday.)
- Should we get to the Hume via M4/Western or M5/Southwestern? (We live in the inner west, so M4+M7 vs local roads+M5 usually takes about the same time.)
- Would getting an early start (how early?) ease the pain?
Pointers to sites that show historical traffic conditions would be awesome, I couldn't find any with a quick search.