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Americans from all walks of life are getting ready for Thanksgiving and millions of those will be traveling and most by car.

Traditionally, in the United States, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the worst time to travel as vehicle backup will occur.

To go even further with that fact, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; the worst time to leave is 3 pm.  3 pm for major cities in the U.S. is generally the start of Rush Hour.


Although, in recent years, Tuesday has been extraordinarily crowded.

Now to go even further with travel time; the 3 p.m. leave time is even worst if it’s raining!!

The best time for D.C.-area drivers to leave will be 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, researchers said.

Now on the return ride home the best time to leave is 6 am on Sunday.

The worst time to leave coming back is 4 pm on Saturday.  You think that leaving on Saturday will give you a jump start on the traffic, but Saturday evening is the worst leaving time, because everybody thinks that leaving on Saturday is actually the best time.

Remember this:  The best time to get away is always the least convenient time — in the middle of the night or early in the morning,

According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of gas increased 9 cents over a 13-day period this month, now sitting at $2.56.


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