When Is the Worst Time to Drive During the Thanksgiving Holiday?

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The Thanksgiving weekend has arrived. Before you get ready to feast on turkey and visit family, you should read this blog. Thanksgiving traffic can be intimidating and extremely dangerous. To help, the attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP have a few tips to help you avoid the Thanksgiving traffic crush.

When Not to Drive During Thanksgiving

When it comes to traffic in San Jose and the surrounding area, driving can become difficult, especially around rush hour. But Thanksgiving Day travel often amplifies those problems. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, you can expect traffic to be up to 2.5 times worse than normal traffic, particularly around 4 p.m. This surge is why you should avoid trying to get out of town at that time. Data from Google suggests that the best time to travel on that Wednesday is actually at 3 a.m.

However, travelling at this time comes with its own risks.  Celebrations during the holiday season often involve drinking. Drunk drivers can be on the road during late evening and night hours. AAA says that drunk drivers are most often on the road from midnight to 3 a.m. If you are going to travel at night to avoid traffic, be especially vigilant for these dangerous drivers. This is especially true when returning home from your holiday visit.

When returning home from your trip, 5 p.m. on Saturday is going to be one of the busiest travel times in our area. However, leaving around 4 a.m. on Friday may help you avoid the returning crowd. Another detail you should take note of when travelling for the holidays is where everyone is going. According to AAA, Anaheim is the second most popular Thanksgiving destination in the country, and San Francisco is number eight. If you’re headed to either destination, expect even more traffic.

Remember, increased traffic also increases the risk of traffic collisions, so be safe out there as you celebrate. However, if a traffic accident is unavoidable, remember that the San Jose personal injury attorneys of Needham Kepner & Fish LLP are ready to help. You can reach us for a free consultation by calling (408) 956-6949.