Everyone knows that driving for hours in Thanksgiving traffic can really put your, uh, "holiday spirit" to the test. With millions of people hitting the road, it seems like encountering ridiculous amounts of traffic is almost as guaranteed as your farty uncle saying something offensive at the dinner table. But luckily, there's a chance you can avoid the former, thanks to data from the popular crowdsourced navigation app, Waze. Good luck with the latter.
Specifically, the app's traffic wizards suggest the best time to pile into the car and make your way to grandma's house is actually on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, which will see traffic levels similar to that of a normal weekend day, according to a report by TIME. With that said, you might want to avoid the roadways between noon and 4pm, when traffic will likely become more congested.
However, the worst days to drive for Thanksgiving are not too surprising, at least if you've ever experienced the pleasure of traveling on these days in the past: Tuesday and Wednesday. Waze indicates that traffic will likely begin to pile up early on Tuesday afternoon and worsen between 4pm and 8pm. On Wednesday, the chaos will begin earlier at 11am and last through the rest of the day, per the report. Doesn't that sound lovely? Well, getting home might be an issue, too. Waze predicts that traveling after Thanksgiving will be worst on Sunday.
Making matters worse, the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts that almost 47 million Americans will travel by car for Thanksgiving this year -- the highest number of people hitting the road for the holiday since 2007, TIME reported. So, when you're stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, just think happy thoughts about your grandma's legendary turkey and stuffing. It's basically scientifically proven to help.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and feels lucky that he doesn't have to drive anywhere this Thanksgiving. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.