Every year, millions of Americans dread driving home for Thanksgiving simply because of the traffic. In fact, AAA estimates that 48.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more by car over this 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 grandma's house isn't exactly smooth sailing for everyone. Holiday traffic is 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 Thanksgiving week are Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a 2018 INRIX study. Across the country, Wednesday at around 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. is the worst time to be driving. If you still plan to hit the road around that time, take a minute to check out some apps to make the drive just a little more bearable.
On the drive back, expect Sunday to be especially busy as most people have to get back to work on Monday. Who wants to use up those vacation days? The best days to travel are Thursday and Friday, and 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.
If you're heading out for a long haul trip it's a good idea to check out gas prices and not pay more than you'd expect. The average gas price nationwide is currently $2.61/gal, which is on par with last year's holiday weekend. Missouri travelers enjoy the lowest prices right now with a $2.25/gal average. Hawaii is the highest at $3.82/gal. If your ride uses premium gas or diesel fuel, check out this helpful guideto budget accordingly. Also, know that you can research gas prices in your immediate area to get the best deal..
Lastly, it's extremely important to be aware that the roads are more dangerous around Thanksgiving due to an abundance of drivers. On the Wednesday before Turkey Day, there is a 64 percent increase in accident alerts and a 38 percent increase in police alerts, as well as a surge of drunk drivers (and DUI charges). So as you're traveling to visit friends, family, and loved ones this Thanksgiving, we at Aceable urge you to please be safe! Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Sources AAA: More Than 54 Million Americans to Travel this Thanksgiving, the Most Since 2005< AAA State Gas Price Averages Retail Price of Regular Gasoline in the United States from 1990 to 2017 Mapping Thanksgiving