It’s Thanksgiving Holiday weekend! Do you know the best time to leave?

Turkeys driving a corn cob car for thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving, that time of year when millions of Americans hit the road to see family and eat turkey! The 2018 Thanksgiving break will see the most cars on the road in 12 years!  54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.  During the holiday week,  travel times could be as much as four times longer than the optimal trip! The holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.

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It’s important to be Road trip ready!

89 percent of all travelers – 45.5 million – are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, that’s an increase of 3.2 percent more than last year.   If you don’t have your own car and need to rent one,  you can expect to save on car rentals this Thanksgiving holiday season!  At $63, the average daily rate is 10 percent less than last year.

When is the best time to travel?

In most cases, the best days to travel will be on Thanksgiving Day, Friday or Saturday. Drivers should expect increased travel times on Sunday as most holiday travelers will be making their way home after the long weekend.

Routes to Take!

Drivers on the Hutchinson River Parkway and the Merritt Parkway can expect average speeds of 14 miles an hour, nearly 40 miles an hour slower than on most sections of the two-lane roadways.

The Garden State Parkway in both directions and the Belt Parkway, which links Brooklyn and Queens to Long Island, will also be loaded down with holiday travelers.

Those hours stuck in the car won’t come cheap!

October’s gas prices were some 40 cents per gallon more than last year. And while gas prices have come down a bit over the last month, prices in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut region are still higher than last year.

No matter where you go this holiday get there safe!

Make sure before you head out on your holiday road trip that you check your car! Have plenty of fuel, water and snacks.  Games for kids and most of all PATIENCE! Check this blog spot for more holiday tips and tricks.  As always, DRIVE SAFE!


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