DURAND, Mich. –– Are you planning on making an across-state or out-of-state trip for turkey this Thanksgiving? If so, you’ll want to know the best times are to travel in order to avoid heavy traffic congestion.
Last year, AAA released an estimate that said over 46 million people were traveling for Thanksgiving, and that number likely won’t go down this November. Before you hit the road for a feast on Turkey Day, make sure you know how to avoid traffic during your Thanksgiving travels using some insightful data compiled by Google last year.
Don’t travel on Wednesday.
The day before Thanksgiving may seem like an optimal time to travel, but that’s exactly why you should avoid making a trip on Wednesday. Most people consider it a great day to head out because they want to finish up at work and still get to their destination before Thanksgiving Day. This results in millions of families hitting the road between 3 and 5 p.m., leading to traffic congestion. If you have to travel on Wednesdays, make your trip earlier or later in the day.
Do travel on Thursday.
It may not seem ideal to travel on Thanksgiving Day, but rest assured it’s the best day to make a trip without running into any traffic. Plus, if you leave early on Thursday you won’t have any problem arriving on time for turkey.
Head home on Sunday.
If not on Friday, many families drive home from their Thanksgiving destinations on Saturday, which Google says can be 40% worse for traffic congestion. If you want to save yourself from a headache, consider staying where you are an extra day and head home on Sunday.
Knowing how to avoid traffic during your Thanksgiving travels is important, but there are other factors involved in having a comfortable trip to your Turkey Day destination.
- Find out what the weather will be like on your trip. Knowing what to expect will help you make decisions in regards to what interstates you take or whether you should expect traffic.
- Plan your route ahead of time so you’re familiar with where construction is taking place or where the busiest roads are, both of which could elongate your travel time.
- Have some sort of towing or roadside assistance contact information you can reference in the event you’re vehicle brakes down.
- Check that your vehicle is ready for the drive. Use our fall driving tips to see what steps you can take to prepare your vehicle, or stop by our Fenton area Chevrolet dealer to find out what auto service your vehicle may be in need of.
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