The Golden Week holidays will finally begin on the 29th.



I'm still worried about Corona, but should I go somewhere for the first time in a while?



Many people may be planning to go out.



Due to the fact that there are no restrictions on movement, traffic congestion forecasts have been announced for the first time in three years.



We will tell you about the weather during consecutive holidays, traffic jam prediction, and precautions when driving.

[Weather] There is a lot of rain in the first half, and the second half is liable to change in cycles.

During the Golden Week holidays starting on the 29th, it is expected that the temperature will be lower than normal due to many rainy and cloudy days in the first half due to the influence of low pressure and fronts.



In the latter half, it is expected that there will be many sunny places mainly in eastern and western Japan, but the weather and temperature are likely to change every few days, and the Japan Meteorological Agency is calling for the latest weather information when going out for leisure.



According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, it is expected that it will rain and cloudy over a wide area on the 29th due to the influence of low pressure and fronts traveling south of Honshu.



Although the weather will recover once on the 30th, it is expected that there will be more rain and cloudy areas again on the 1st of next month as the front extending from the low pressure system passes near Honshu.



After that, as the high pressure advances from the East China Sea to the vicinity of Japan, sunny days will spread from the 2nd to the 3rd in eastern Japan to the 5th, respectively, and summer days are expected depending on the location, while in northern Japan and the Okinawa / Amami region. , Rainy and cloudy weather is expected to continue.



Cold air tends to flow in mainly in the first half of consecutive holidays, and the temperature is expected to remain low nationwide, and it is expected that there will be many days that are normal or low until around the 5th.



On the other hand, it is expected that the temperature will rise from around the 6th due to the warm air.



The Japan Meteorological Agency calls for attention to heat stroke on days when the temperature rises, as well as checking the latest weather information carefully when going out for leisure, as the weather and temperature are likely to change every few days during the Golden Week holidays. increase.

[Traffic jam] There are places with the same prospects as before Corona

Expressway companies have announced congestion forecasts for the first time in three years.



During the long holidays, the peak of highway congestion is expected to be


▽ downhill on May 3rd and


▽ uphill on May 4th and 5th, and


heavy traffic congestion of over 40km is expected in some places.



In some places, traffic congestion is expected to be the same as before the spread of the new coronavirus, and highway companies are calling for confirmation of forecasts in advance.

[Down] Peak is May 3

According to highway companies, during the long holidays, the congestion on the descent to the hometown and resort is expected to be from


April 29th to 30th and from


May 3rd to 4th, with a


peak in May. It is expected to be around 3 days.



The expected congestion in each area on May 3 is as follows.


▽ Tohoku Expressway is up to 40 km from around 9 am, starting near the Hanyu parking area in Saitama Prefecture,


▽ Chuo Expressway is up to 40 km from around 6 am, starting near the Sagamiko interchange in Kanagawa Prefecture,


▽ Kanetsu Expressway The road starts at the Takasaka service area in Saitama prefecture and is up to 30 km from around 8 am.



In western Japan, it is


expected to be up to 32 km from around 8 am, starting near the Myodani interchange in Hyogo prefecture on the Daini Shinmei Road.

[Up] Peaks are May 4th and 5th

On the other hand, the uphill congestion, which is a U-turn from resort areas,

is expected to be from


April 30th to May 1st and May 3rd to May 5th

, with May 4th and 5th. It is expected to reach its peak.

Congestion in each

area is ▽ Tohoku Expressway is up to 35 km from around 5 pm on the 4th and up to 45 km from around 4 pm on the 5th, starting from the vicinity of the Kamikawachi service area in Tochigi prefecture.

It is expected to be up to 40 km from around 6 pm on the 5th near the Kazo interchange in Saitama prefecture.

In addition,

▽ Kan-etsu Expressway starts from around 5 pm on the 5th, up to 40 km from the vicinity of the Kosaka service area, and

▽ Tomei Expressway starts from around 4 pm on the 4th, starting from the vicinity of the Ayase Smart Interchange in Chiba Prefecture. Up to 35 km from around 1 pm,

▽ Joban Expressway up to 30 km from around 5 pm on the 5th, starting near the Kashiwa Interchange in Chiba Prefecture,

▽ Chuo Expressway starting near the Kobotoke Tunnel on the 5th 3 pm It is up to 30 km from around the time.

In addition,

▽ Higashi-Meihan Expressway starts near Suzuka Interchange in Mie Prefecture, and up to 30 km from around 4 pm on both 4th and 5th.

▽ Meishin Expressway starts near Semimaru Tunnel in Shiga Prefecture. It is expected to be up to 30 km from around 9 am on the 4th.

Expressway companies said, "The forecast may change depending on the infection situation, but it is expected that there will be more traffic jams than last year or adults. I want you to avoid it. "



















Congestion prediction for the first time in 3 years during the Golden Week holidays What are the tips for driving without causing an accident?

Golden Week holidays starting on the 29th.



"What should I be careful about when driving?"


"What should I do if I get caught in a traffic jam?"



I asked a car driving professional about the points I want to know in detail.

Be careful of the "inter-vehicle distance" on the highway after a long absence!

We spoke with Takagi Takagi of the Japan Automobile Federation Kanagawa Branch, which has been conducting car safety training for local governments and companies for over 15 years.



Mr. Takagi is most worried about "the driver who drives the highway for the first time in a long time".



If he is not accustomed to it, he tends to drive at the same distance as a general road, but on the highway, the speed is fast, so it is necessary to take a long distance.

If a car running in front suddenly steps on the brakes, there is a risk of a rear-end collision, so caution is required.



Even if you don't think you're stuck if you don't keep a sufficient distance between the cars, you may give the driver of the car in front of you the fear of being "driving", which may lead to an accident or trouble. is.

What if you get caught in a traffic jam?

The point of driving is

According to Mr. Takagi, there are many accidents during traffic jams during consecutive holidays.



He taught me three points to prevent accidents.

1: "Turn on the hazard lamp when you encounter a traffic jam" When you


notice the traffic jam and slow down, turn on


the hazard lamp or use the


pumping brake (= step on the brake several times) to get to the car behind you as soon as possible.

It is important to let them know.


If the following vehicle suddenly brakes without being aware of the situation, it may lead to a rear-end collision.



2: "Don't change lanes unnecessarily" If


you want to move as quickly as possible, you tend to change lanes.


However, Mr. Takagi points out that it may cause a rear-end collision and worsen traffic congestion.



3: "Passengers speak to the driver"


It is also effective for passengers to speak diligently because the driver's attention tends to be distracted during traffic jams.


In particular, the person sitting in the "passenger seat" is the "driver's assistant."


Be patient and support your sleepiness.

I was addicted to the traffic!

What is convenient to have in the car

He also introduced items that are useful to have when you are caught in a traffic jam.


▽ Portable toilet


▽ A lot of water and food


▽ Outerwear to prevent the sun



First of all, a portable toilet.


Especially for children, it is difficult to put up with it for a long time, and it is essential to prepare a "portable toilet".



In addition, the inside of the car is exposed to strong sunlight, which may cause heat stroke and dehydration.


The toilet is a concern, but be sure to get enough hydration.



Also, as a measure against strong sunlight, it is safe to bring a piece of clothing such as a jacket with a UV cut function.

Check the expressway / congestion forecast before departure

And above all, the countermeasure against traffic congestion is "to avoid getting involved".



Expressway companies have announced forecasts of traffic congestion during the Golden Week holidays.



Please check the latest traffic information on the homepage etc. before going out, and make a schedule by shifting the time when traffic jams are likely as much as possible.

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