Best And Worst Thanksgiving Travel Times

November 14, 2019

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Thanksgiving is in two weeks and more than 55 million travelers are making plans to kick off the holiday season with a trip of 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, according to AAA. This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. That means crowded roads and possible delays. To help alleviate yor5 driving frustrations, Google Maps has used travel data from previous Thanksgivings and says the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the absolute worst times to hit the road. Congestion peaks between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday in many parts of the country. If you have no choice but to travel on November 27, plan to leave earlier in the day before roads get too crowded. However you will have less traffic by leaving early for your destination on Thanksgiving morning. Around 6 a.m., roads will be clear with traffic gradually increasing throughout the morning and peaking as early as noon. Traffic can be just as brutal on the way home. To make the journey as painless as possible, plan to leave first thing in the morning—ideally on Sunday, when most travelers have completed the trip. Other Thanksgiving travel observations from Google include the busiest time to visit "ham shops" is noon the day before Thanksgiving, and outlet malls reach peak traffic around noon on Black Friday.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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