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    Prepare for Traffic on the Central European Roads

    One thing that can annoy travelers on their holiday and requires a lot of patience is traffic.Whether you rent a car for your road trip down Europe or you rent a car in the destination of your holiday, you are bound to hit traffic at some point. And in Europe there are a few places that are known for the hectic traffic during the holiday months.

    Some countries and cities all have Winter, Easter and Summer holidays at the same time, which can cause lots of frustration on the roads. The traffic is always at its peak from Friday afternoon to late Saturday, so driving at other times can have its advantages. You can also benefit by planning your route in such a way that you pass the major cities outside of rush hour but you will probably not be able to avoid queues at the following border crossings: Germany / Poland / Czech Republic, Austria / Hungary / Slovenia and Slovenia / Croatia.

    Mountain passes and tunnels often creates traffic, therefore it can be a good idea to attempt to pass big tunnels or mountain peaks at times outside of rush hour. In general it is a good idea to drive mid-week but if this is not possible, you can also choose to drive in the late evening or early night. Of course only if you are well rested and feel fine to concentrate on driving.Here are a few spots that are well known for the crazy traffic during the holiday season. Read these and be prepared for your next drive with Auto Europe.

    Austria

    On the Austrian Tauerautobahn A10 you can expect a lot of traffic at the entrance to Tauern- and Katschberg tunnel. Possibly use the following roads instead: Felbertauernstrasse or the Auernschleuse car train. There may also be problems in between the A12 Inntalautobahn, A13 Brennerautobahn, as well as the A1 Vienna-Salzburg

    Switzerland

    Expect longer waiting time on the A2 Gotthard route before the Gotthard tunnel- especially when driving in the southern direction. An alternative route could be the A13 San Bernardino, but also here will there be a risk of congestion. The Lötschberg car train could be a good alternative to this route. You are also like to experience queues on the A1 St. Gallen-Zurich-Bern during rush hours (morning and afternoon), weekends and holidays.

    Italy

    Expect traffic on the A22 Brennerautobahn; A23 (Villach-Udine), A4 (Brescia-Verona-Venice-Trieste), A7 (Milan-Genoa) and in the area around Milan patience is needed to deal with the large amount of cars on the road.

    France

    Risk of traffic congestion on the A36 / A6 / A7 Mühlhausen-Dijon-Lyon-Orange, the A9 Orange-Nimes-Montpellier-Spanish border and the A8 Côte d'Azur from Ventimiglia to Aix-en-Provence.

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