If you’re among the millions of people flying or driving this Thanksgiving, travel experts say prepare for higher prices and headaches at airports and on the roads.
According to AAA, 55 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving this year. Of this number, they say that nearly 49 million will be by car.
They say avoiding road headaches is all about timing.
According to officials at navigation app Waze, today is the best day to leave and Friday is the best day to return home. Waze predicts that these are the two days when traffic will be the lowest during the week.
The worst game plan is to leave on the Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, and come back on Saturday – which most people do.
If you can leave on Tuesday and get home on Sunday, you’re looking at moderate traffic.
AAA says you should hit the road before 11 a.m. and try to avoid crossing commuters on weekday afternoons. And on weekends, avoid traveling between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM
The good news for those of you who are driving is that while gas is still expensive, the national average is about $3.74 per gallon which AAA says is down about 34 cents from a year ago.