What does Thanksgiving mean to you? To me it means a turkey feast, Thanksgiving Day parades, football games and braving the worst traffic conditions of the year! Because you have enough on your plate over the holidays we wanted to make sure your arrived at your Thanksgiving trip a little easier.
Google Maps researched holiday traffic conditions over the last two years for 21 cities across the U.S. to provide us with useful information to make holiday traveling a little bit easier. Below are seven tips from Google Maps to help guide you to your Thanksgiving destination.
•AVOID TRAVELING ON WEDNESDAY
For most cities, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the worst traffic day – with the exceptions of Boston, Honolulu, Providence and San Francisco.
•SKIP THE RUSH
The worst time for Thanksgiving traffic falls between 3-5 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. So it’s better to leave before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m. if you want to beat the rush.
•THANKSGIVING DAY TRAFFIC IS A BREEZE
•WHEN TO DRIVE BACK HOME
The traffic patterns show that you’re better off driving home on Sunday rather than Saturday. Traffic can be up to 40% worse on Saturday.
•LAST MINUTE PREP
Last minute runs to the grocery store can be unavoidable as you prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner. Google showed Americans do their last minute errands just before Turkey Day to pick up the ham, pie and liquor.
•WHERE TO PACK FOOD, GIFTS AND LUGGAGE
The safes spot to pack your overnight bags, gifts, plus your homemade casserole and bottle of wine is in the trunk. If you are taking Fido to your destination, secure your pet in some kind of safety container, harness or seat belt. If you have to stop quickly, it increases the pet’s safety and decreases the threat to other occupants in the car.
•DON’T EAT TURKEY AND DRIVE
Everyone knows it’s not safe to drink and drive. But eating a heavy turkey dinner and getting back in the car isn’t a very good idea either. The “bird” is packed full of high levels of Tryptophan, an amino acid that brings on sleepiness. These carb-heavy dishes we all eat at Thanksgiving produce sleep-promoting melatonin and can add to your drowsiness. So, try and sleep off your turkey before you get in the car and drive home!
With these traffic tips in hand, you’ll be spending less time in traffic and more time with the people you care about this Thanksgiving. And, that’s something to be thankful for!