Google has released today Thanksgiving traffic analyzes of 21 cities across the nation. See below when you should avoid to travel and when it is a good time to drive.
Pretty much everybody goes home to their parents for Thanksgiving Day. What this means is crazy traffic and high priced airline tickets. Google released today a report on Thanksgiving traffic based on traffic data of the last two years. Traffic data was pulled from the Monday before Thanksgiving to the Sunday after Thanksgiving during 2012 and 2013, and Google Maps search trends are based on information from 2013.
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Google analyzed 21 cities and ranked them by the biggest increase in traffic on Thanksgiving week. Philadelphia wins followed by Austin and Washington D.C.
The company also found out that Wednesday is the worst Thanksgiving traffic day for most cities, with Saturday the worst day to return. Find below several more of Google's Thanksgiving traffic analysis results:
Worst day to travel:
For most cities, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the worst traffic day — with the exceptions of Boston (Tuesday), Honolulu (Saturday), Providence (Saturday), and San Francisco (Saturday).
The worst time for Thanksgiving traffic falls between 3:00pm and 5:00pm the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Better to leave before 2:00pm or after 7:00pm on Wednesday if you want to beat the rush.
Second worst traffic day:
Saturday and Tuesday vie for the second and third heaviest traffic days — Black Friday doesn't draw huge road traffic.
Thanksgiving Day traffic:
Thanksgiving Day traffic is a breeze — it usually has the least traffic of the entire week; for those looking to beat even the lightest traffic day, make sure you stay off the road between 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Thanksgiving Day.
When to drive back home:
Traffic patterns show that you're better off driving home from the holiday weekend on Sunday rather than Saturday — traffic can be up to 40% worse on Saturday.
Changes in holiday traffic:
In six cities, Thanksgiving traffic has actually decreased slightly between 2012 and 2013 (Boston, Dallas, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Providence).
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