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Google shares tips for Thanksgiving travel
Written by , published November 19, 2014

Untitled-31As you make travel plans for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, consider this - you probably shouldn't travel on Wednesday! It's the worst day for the holiday drive. At least, that's the word, according to a recent Google Maps study that took data from 21 cities across the nation. And, if you're thinking about driving back home on Saturday, you might want to rethink that, too.

 The tips, as shown in the graphic below, include:

1. Avoid traveling on Wednesday, the week's busiest travel day. Been there. Done that. No thanks!

2. If you must leave on Wednesday, avoid the peak travel hours of 3-5 p.m. Leave before 2 p.m. or after 7 p.m.

3. Thanksgiving Day traffic, as usual, is smooth sailing –– except for the crunch hours of noon and 2 p.m. 

4. Drive back home on Sunday, not Saturday. Traffic is 40 percent worse on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

5. If you're in Austin, expect even more time in traffic. Yes. More. Google Maps study showed that Austin, Philalephia and Washington, D.C. show the biggest increases in traffic during Thanksgiving week.

6. Avoid a headache by remembering to buy your pie, ham and liquor/wine BEFORE Wednesday. Those are the most common last-minute purchase items.

7. Save time for Christmas shopping.

8. And ONE more tip from us. Drive Safely!

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