Every year, millions of Americans dread driving home for Thanksgiving simply because of the traffic. In fact, in 2015, AAA estimated that nearly 42 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more by car over the holiday weekend to reach their Thanksgiving dinner destination Wow. You guys are willing to drive some distance just for a turkey. And the ride to grandmother’s house isn’t exactly smooth sailing for everyone. Holiday traffic is the worst in Los Angeles, D.C. and San Francisco, closely followed by Philadelphia and Dallas. But what can you do about it? The key is making sure you’re traveling on the right day at the right times during the holiday weekend.
The worst days to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday are Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a USAToday article from 2015. The best days to travel are Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, the best time to travel is early in the morning, or anytime before 11 a.m. You know what they say: The early bird gets the worm, or in this case, skips the traffic.
Lastly, it’s important to be aware that the roads are more dangerous around Thanksgiving due to there being more cars. On the Wednesday before Turkey Day, there is nearly a 63 percent increase in accident alerts and more than a 38 percent increase in police alerts. So as you’re traveling to visit friends, family and loved ones this Thanskgiving, we at Aceable urge you to please be safe! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!