INRIX Travel Tips: Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

INRIX Research Shows Your Trip Out of Town on Wednesday Will Take 30 Percent Longer Due to Traffic 

In case you hadn’t seen this morning’s story from USA Today about Thanksgiving travel, we’re predicting you’ll be faced with more traffic getting out of town for the holiday thanks to an improving economy and the lowest gas prices we’ve seen all year.

Here’s what you need to know about Wednesday traffic

For most cities, there is no rush hour on Wednesday morning.  Pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday travel traffic picks up right after lunch.  INRIX traffic data shows congestion builds as early as noon and closer to 2 p.m. in the smaller cities. Traffic hits its peak at 3 p.m. and remains very heavy until 7 p.m. After 7 p.m. traffic drops off significantly.

Take a look at the data:

thanksgiving east coast traffic

 Thanksgiving west coast traffic

Avoid the worst Wednesday traffic

To bypass the worst traffic, leave before noon. If you can’t leave before noon, then wait it out until 7 p.m. You’ll gain time by leaving later. Flexible travelers can get the real edge by hitting the road on Thanksgiving morning.

While this provides you with a good guide for what to expect on the roads as you head out of town, things don’t always go as planned.  INRIX Traffic can help ensure a smooth holiday getaway with the following:

  • The INRIX Traffic app delivers real-time information on the back roads and the main roads to help identify the fastest routes and avoid unexpected delays.
  • The INRIX Traffic app updates every minute.
  • The INRIX Traffic app routes to you to the quickest trip and saves you valuable minutes.
  • The INRIX Traffic app allows you to share your arrival time with friends and family so everyone stays on time.

Happy travels from INRIX.

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