Travel safely on Thanksgiving. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has forecasted about 55.4 million trips over 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday this year, marking a 2.3% increase from 2022.
As per AAA projections, most travel will be by road, with approximately 49.1 million drivers hitting the highways.
Suppose you plan to travel to another city to join your parents or relatives for a Thanksgiving dinner. In that case, it’s essential to note that Wednesday, November 22nd, is expected to be the busiest day on the roads nationwide. This could mean travel durations increase up to 80% of the average time.
Best travel times on Wednesday:
If you have no choice but to travel on Wednesday to avoid significant congestion, hitting the road early in the morning before 11:00 AM or after 6:00 PM is recommended. The worst time to travel that day is between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM.
On Thursday, November 23rd, the best times to travel are before 10:00 AM or after 5:00 PM. Of course, this depends on the distance you must cover to make it to dinner on time.
For the return journey on Sunday, November 26th, the worst time is between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM, while the best time to hit the road is before noon.
Remember that Miami, Orlando, and Tampa top the list of national destinations during this period. The report also highlights expected peak congestion from Tampa to Orlando around 8:15 AM on Thursday on Interstate I-4E.
Before hitting the road:
- Ensure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.
- Check that your tires are properly inflated, fill up the fuel tank, ensure the spare tire is inflated, and carry the necessary tools for a tire change.
- Inspect the operation and condition of your car’s windshield wipers, lights, turn signals, and brakes.
During your trip, fasten your seatbelt, maintain a safe distance between vehicles, avoid speeding, take frequent breaks to rest, switch drivers, refrain from driving if you feel tired, and avoid distractions such as using your cell phone.
Remember, the most important thing is arriving safely, even if it means coming late, and being able to embrace your loved ones. Travel safely on Thanksgiving.