INRIX, in collaboration with the American Automobile Association (AAA), predicts only marginal delays overall throughout the holiday week. However, major metro areas across the U.S. could see more than double the delays versus typical drive times, with drivers in New York City likely to experience more than three times the delays.
“With kids out of school and many Americans taking extended time off for the holidays, drivers will experience incremental delays throughout the week. Although congestion will be overall lighter than normal, knowing when and where major delays will likely happen will help save time and reduce stress this holiday season,” said Bob Pishue, a transportation analyst at INRIX.
Daily Best and Worst Times to Travel
|DATE||WORST TRAVEL TIME||BEST TRAVEL TIME|
|Thursday, 12/23/21||12:00–6:00pm||After 7:00pm|
|Friday, 12/24/21||2:00–6:00pm||Before 1:00pm|
|Saturday, 12/25/21||Minimal congestion expected|
|Monday, 12/27/21||5:00–6:00pm||Before 1:00pm|
|Tuesday, 12/28/21||1:00–7:00pm||Before 12:00pm|
|Wednesday, 12/29/21||1:00–7:00pm||Before 11:00am|
|Thursday, 12/30/21||1:00–7:00pm||Before 12:00pm|
|Friday, 12/31/21||2:00–4:00pm||Before 1:00pm, after 5:00pm|
|Saturday, 1/1/22||Minimal congestion expected|
|Sunday, 1/2/22||2:00–6:00pm||Before 1:00pm|
AAA notes that the actual number of travelers could fluctuate as we approach the holidays. Some people may decide to stay home if there is an increase in reported COVID-19 cases or because of concerns about the omicron variant, while others may note the progress in vaccinations and make last-minute decisions to travel. AAA recommends working with a travel advisor who can help you plan a vacation that meets your needs and comfort level this holiday season. To get started and to learn more, visit AAA.com/Travel.
AAA provides more than 62 million members with automotive, travel, insurance and financial services through its federation of 30 motor clubs and nearly 1,000 branch offices across North America. Since 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for safe mobility. Drivers can request roadside assistance, identify nearby gas prices, locate discounts, book a hotel or map a route via the AAA Mobile app. To join, visit AAA.com.
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. INRIX’s partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.
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