Eating turkey and sitting in traffic are two thanksgiving traditions. One is delicious and covered in gravy, and the other is not.and for better results, and if you are traveling this Thanksgiving, then you can use Google Maps to get to your turkey (and family) faster.
Google has mapped Thanksgiving. It analyzed historical Google Maps traffic data in 25 major metro areas to determine the best and worst times on this weekend, from Wednesday through Sunday.
The first bit of news should come as no surprise: Lots of people are on the road before Thanksgiving. The biggest bump in traffic is in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Detroit. Traffic is a bit heavier than normal on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving, so if you are taking off Wednesday morning, rather than Tuesday night. AAA confirms this traffic forecast by reporting that late afternoon / early evening on Tuesday is the worst time to travel in many metro areas. It also says Thanksgiving this year than we've seen since 2005; Road travel wants to be 4.8 percent and by 5.4 percent.
You'll find it easier heading home. Traffic does not spike as high as Thanksgiving it does the day before the big day. Sunday, a fact you can use if you have had time on the Friday afternoon. Washington DC has the highest bump in traffic over the weekend, and Charlotte and St. Louis is bucking the trend of Saturday, with both cities showing the biggest post-Thanksgiving traffic increase on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to the helpful traffic chart, Google wants to tell you the best and worst times to leave before and after Thanksgiving. The best times to leave are usually at the crack of dawn, and the worst times are in the late afternoon. For Cleveland, for example, the best times to leave are 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and 4:00 a.m. the Friday after. The worst times to leave are 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and 4:00 p.m. The Sunday after.
Originally published on Nov. 21, 2017.
Update, Nov. 19, 2018: Added information about AAA's Thanksgiving forecast.
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