Best & Worst Times For Thanksgiving Travel
Over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving dinner sounds fun, but traffic headaches are not. Here are the best and worst times to travel Thanksgiving weekend on I-90, I-39 and beyond.
Beware the Sunday after Thanksgiving. According to USATODAY Newspaper "Waze, the popular navigation app, found that users on that day in 2014 reported an increase of 323% in jams, 112% in accidents, 79.8% in hazards and 100.2% in police alerts".
The week of Thanksgiving for travel breaks down like this across the country:
Tuesday (11/24/2015): Peak traffic from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday: (11/25/2015) Peak from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Large increase in usage starting from 11:00 a.m. till the end of the day, fewer users than usual in the morning.
Thursday: (11/26/2015) Behavior similar to a weekend day and not a work day.
Friday: (11/27/2015) Behavior similar to a weekend day and not a work day.
Saturday: (11/28/2015) Small increase in usage.
Sunday: (11/29/2015) Peak traffic from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Entire day is above average.
Monday: (11/30/2015) Increase in usage in late morning, attributed to people going to work later than usual.
The above information in America may help you adjust your travel times to "avoid the rush" to head home for Thanksgiving.
Remember the phrase, "better to get there late than not to get there at all". Another one comes to my mind "patience is a virtue".
Be safe out there and tune in Q98.5 no matter where you enjoy Thanksgiving.