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Thanksgiving 2018 Traffic

Many people from all across the United States travel for holidays. Thanksgiving is no exception to this trend. Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays of the year, and people from all over the country will be traveling via motor vehicles, planes, trains and boats to reach their destination for the holiday. Because of the high volume of travelers, travelers should take extra caution while making their trip to their destination.

AAA predicts that 54.3 million people will be traveling distances of at least 50 miles for the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a 4.8% increase in the amount of predicted travelers from last year. AAA believes that this year will be the most traveled Thanksgiving since 2005. This year the holiday period will be from Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25.

The vast majority of people traveling for the holiday will be doing so by using their cars. AAA predicts that 48.5 million people will be making their way to their destination by automobile. AAA states that road congestion will be worst during the evening hours when traffic from travelers will combine with the traffic from people making their commute from work. Drivers should also be expecting delays on the Sunday following the holiday. The best days to travel will be on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

To help keep yourself and your passengers safe, you should take precautions. Some tips to help keep you and your passengers safe while traveling include:

  • Leave with extra time to make it to your destination. By leaving with plenty of time you will have more time to make it to your destination if there are unexpected delays.
  • Wear seat belts. Seat belts can help protect you in the case of an accident.
  • Obey the speed limit and traffic signs. By ensuring that you follow all traffic laws, you can help prevent accidents.
  • Avoid distracted driving. Avoid anything that will take your attention away from the roadways.

We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


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