Over two-thirds of roadworks on major roads are due to be completed or suspended this festive season to ease congestion.
Highways Agency Director for Network Operations, Derek Turner, said: "Over the Christmas and New Year holiday people use our motorways and major A roads to visit friends and family, go Christmas shopping and make vital deliveries to shops and businesses across the country.
"The Highways Agency will make those journeys smoother by suspending as many sets of roadworks as we can, and providing up to the minute journey planning advice."
Mr Turner advised drivers to check their vehicles' tyres, oil and water before setting off on a long journey.
He said: "These simple checks are an easy way for motorists to play their part in ensuring driving over the Christmas period is as trouble free as possible."
Roadworks and lane restrictions will be removed by 6am on Monday December 22 and will not be put back before midnight on Friday January 2.
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