If you’ll be driving to visit friends or family on Thanksgiving, you’ll enjoy remarkably low gas prices. Gas Buddy reports that the national average per gallon is $2.139, down .73 from last year’s average of $2.876! And last year, we thought that was cheap! Here’s a map so you can see state-by-state gas rates.
It’s a good idea to plan your best routes and times now. You can get some tips about the best and worst times for Thanksgiving road travel via Waze, a community-based mobile app that tracks traffic trends around the world. Waze analyzed data from 2014 to make predictions for the best and worst times for traffic this Thanksgiving.
First, the best time for driving to and fro is Thanksgiving Day itself.
They predict a number of “worst days” for pre-holiday
- Tuesday, November 24, beginning at 1 pm, with a peak between 4 pm and 8 pm
- Wednesday November 25, starting at 11 am and lasting through the day
…and worst days for post-holiday
- Sunday, November 29 – rush hour will last all day
- Monday, Monday November 30 – expect a heavier rush hour from 10am through noon
Google Maps also offers a day-by-day breakdown of predicted traffic. They suggest that Tuesday is slightly better travel day than Wednesday for getting there – but one local place that might be an exception is in Boston, where Tuesday tends to be historically worse. For traveling back home, they suggest that Sunday is a better day to travel back home than Saturday, which can be 40% worse. We’ve excerpted a few visual tips from their 2014 blog, check them out below.
And if you plan to be on the road, Consumer Reports offers some good Thanksgiving driving planning and safety tips – check them out!