Thanksgiving traveling tips

Published 6:04 pm Sunday, November 19, 2017

Before you can get to football games and parades, cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing and the extended family on Thanksgiving, most likely you’re stuck in traffic with everyone else trying to get to your destination. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistic’s website, about 91 percent of long distance holiday travel is done by personal vehicles, such as cars.

The average long-distance Thanksgiving trip is 214 miles, according to the website. According to Travel and Leisure’s website, about 41.9 million travellers drove for Thanksgiving in 2015.

This year, AAA ’s website predicts 45.5 million people will drive.

With so much travelling, it is easy to get frazzled at other drivers, the same songs playing on car radio and, sometimes, the people you travel with.

According to Travel and Leisure’s website, Wednesday afternoon is the worst time to drive. Travelers spend about five hours in traffic the day before Thanksgiving, according to the website. Those leaving on that day are recommended to leave either before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m. so the roads will be clearer.

Additionally, leaving on Saturday or Sunday also improves traffic conditions, according to the website.

According to Professional Travel, Inc.’s website, drivers should make sure they have plenty of gas and have alternative routes planned in case of traffic delays.

Travelers should also bring snacks and drinks with them to prevent unnecessary stops.

According to the website, stay up to date on weather conditions on your route to travel safely.

This year will also see a rise in flying to family and friend’s homes, according to Today’s website. About 3.95 million travelers will chose to fly, according to AAA’s website.

In case some of you are flying through Atlanta’s airport, the worst time to be on the city’s roads is between 3 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Saturday, according to Travel and Leisure’s website. They recommend leaving on Thanksgiving at 6 a.m. and retuning on Saturday at 6 a.m.

When it comes to air travel, pack lightly, according to Today’s website. A website to check what Thanksgiving food the TSA will allow is

Because going through the TSA can be stressful, make sure to head to the airport early.

Whether flying, driving or even taking a train, we hope these tips were helpful. With safety and travel in mind, we hope everyone has a great holiday.