Taking A Road Trip For Thanksgiving? Here Are The Worst Times To Hit The Road

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By Bailey Schulz

 

Travelers can usually expect an uptick in traffic during Thanksgiving, but there are some factors this year that could add to the congestion. INRIX found that the best time to take off is after 9 p.m. on Wednesday and before 11 a.m. on Thursday. Below are some of the worst congestion times within U.S. traffic corridors the day before Thanksgiving.

 

AAA projects nearly 4 million more people will hit the roads this Thanksgiving compared with last year, which means travelers should be prepared to face an uptick in traffic.

Experts say the long holiday weekend, increased vaccination rates and open U.S. borders are all pushing more people to drive this year. A November AAA report predicts automobile travel volumes will fall within 3% of pre-pandemic levels, with 48.3 million people traveling by car for Thanksgiving.

“There are a couple of really big driving holidays. … Thanksgiving is one of them,” said Bob Pishue, an analyst with transportation analytics company INRIX. “(Traffic) won’t be as bad as it was in 2019. But the roads are definitely more congested than they were last year.”

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INRIX’s advice for travelers: leave early

INRIX found traffic delays nationwide are expected


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