Waze app predicts worst days to drive Thanksgiving week

If you're among those who plan to pack up the car, minivan or truck to see family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday, the travel app Waze predicts the worst days to travel are the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.

WORST DAYS TO TRAVEL

Waze analyzed its 2014 app usage to predict travel plans for Thanksgiving 2015.   According to their predictions, many drivers will start their holiday commute Tuesday beginning at 1 p.m., with the highest peak of travel between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday is another day of a large increase of usage, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting all day.

For those planning their trip home, Waze predicts Sunday will be another heavily traveled day with the rush lasting all day beginning at 10 a.m.  Travel is estimated to be at its highest between 1-6 p.m.

Drivers should also prepare for a late morning rush the Monday after Thanksgiving between 10 a.m. and noon.

BEST DAYS TO TRAVEL

According to the app, the best day to travel is Thanksgiving Day because traffic patters are similar to that of a weekend.  They've seen a low usage of the app in the morning and evening with an increase of drivers between noon and 4 p.m.

If you're still planning your Thanksgiving commute, it looks like traveling to your destination Thanksgiving morning and returning on Black Friday or the Saturday after Thanksgiving is your best bet to avoid heavy traffic.

INCREASE IN THANKSGIVING TRAVEL

Thanksgiving travel is expected to be up five percent this year according to TripAdvisor's annual Thanksgiving travel survey. The website asked 2,800 U.S. respondents about their Thanksgiving travel plans and found 40 percent of those asked plan to travel for the holiday this year. Sixty-two percent will drive, down two percent from last year, and 35 percent will fly, up two percent.

Source: http://www.wkyc.com/story/news/local/2015/11/22/thanksgiving-travel/76212058/

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