It’s time to get ready to hit the road for the holidays, but you should know what to expect. The Thanksgiving travel rate will be the highest since 2005. AAA projects that 54.3 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home for the long weekend. That’s a nearly 5% jump from last year and 48-million of those travelers will be taking to the roads.
In case you didn’t know, the travel period is between the 21st and the 25th. And that means congestion and traffic jams. People will start their travels next Monday, so it’s best to keep your eye on traffic conditions so you can avoid the biggest issues.
The best travel days are Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be brutal, so if you can avoid heading home then, it’s a great idea. The day before Thanksgiving will also be a high volume day.
As far as road safety, AAA expects to rescue nearly 360-thousand motorists. The leading causes are usually dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires so it might be a good idea to get the old family vehicle checked out first.