According to AAA, almost 4.5 million Southern Californians are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.Gas prices across California are skyrocketing, with the average price of a gallon of regular gas in L.A. at $4.70: within a tenth of a cent of the record high.
According to INRIX’s traffic data, the best times to drive are on Wednesday after 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday before 11 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday before 12 p.m. The worst times to drive are on Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips and this year will be no different even during the pandemic. Drivers around major metros must be prepared for significant delays, especially Wednesday afternoon. Knowing when and where congestion will build can help drivers avoid the stress of sitting in traffic.The 10 U.S. metros that will likely see the worst of Thanksgiving traffic on Wednesday are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. According to INRIX’s data, these cities will see traffic increases between 211% and 482% anytime between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Last year the AAA predicted 50 million Americans would travel over Thanksgiving, but in actuality, there were 47.1 million. And the year before that, the association’s prediction of 55 million Thanksgiving travelers was exceeded with 56 million Americans who actually traveled during the holiday.