If you haven’t started your Thanksgiving trip, you’re not alone. The busiest days are still to come.
AAA estimated that more than 55 million people will travel this Thanksgiving, with the majority hitting the highways the week before Thanksgiving, peak travel days looming for Wednesday and Sunday.
To avoid the worst of the Holiday rush, take to the roads earlier in the week, before Wednesday, which is projected to be the busiest day for driving. Alternatively, try traveling outside of peak times on Saturday or Sunday, and if possible, plan your departure for the evening hours when highways and intersections should be less congested.
It’s also worthwhile to plan ahead in terms of your route and any rest stops. Consider opting for less busy highways, away from bigger cities and main interstates. Do your research beforehand and make sure you’re familiar with the route, especially if you’ll be driving through unfamiliar areas. And make sure you have all the necessary supplies for your trip, such as a car charger, snacks, and extra water.
Finally, driving during the Thanksgiving season is often accompanied by unfavorable weather conditions. Whether you are driving through ice, rain, or snow, always plan ahead Based on the forecast and come prepared. Make sure your vehicle is winter ready, and pack a skills-kit and a toolbox filled with winter weather supplies.
Safety is key for any road trip, but especially during Thanksgiving when roads are even more congested. Leave early, and plan ahead to successfully make it to your destination – happy holidays!