Road trips around the holidays can always be one of the most stressful parts of the process. Luckily, we’ve researched information on the best times to drive if you want to avoid traffic, as well as the best holiday driving tips for streamlining the process.
Avoid High-Traffic Times
The worst travel congestion on major highways is expected to happen in a three-hour period between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Wednesday and Thursday before Christmas, especially since office workers will often be taking half-days before the holidays. December 22 stands out as the worst time to drive, regardless of day.
Travel in the Morning
Not counting the morning rush hour, leaving before 11 a.m. seems to be travelers’ best bet when it comes to light traffic. The earlier you leave, the better.
Ignore More Specific Predictions
Oftentimes, people will turn to apps which tailor a “best time to travel” prediction for users. Unfortunately, if everyone gets the same prediction, they end up all traveling at the same time, which worsens congestion at an otherwise light-traffic time.
Plan for the Return Trip
Traveling home can be an ordeal in of itself. Traffic is lightest on Christmas Day, so if you leave after breakfast and opening presents, the journey home will be a cinch. After that, the next best time to drive is New Year’s Day.
From the entire crew at Krause Toyota, stay safe during your holiday journeys.