Thanksgiving Traffic Secrets

Thanksgiving traffic secrets: New data reveals strategies for dodging the road mess

Thanksgiving traffic secrets: Data reveals strategies for dodging mess

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Thanksgiving week means terrible road congestion, although Google Maps' data can help you avoid the worst of Houston's traffic. Local.AllState.com

Thanksgiving can be an extremely frustrating holiday if you aren't prepared, and that includes everything from roasting the turkey to the horrendous traffic you experience on your way to see your loved ones. According to new data from Google Maps, Houston experiences the seventh highest increase in traffic during Thanksgiving week. 

For its findings, Google Maps looked at traffic information for 21 cities across the United States from 2012 to 2013 to reveal traffic insights and top tips for avoiding traffic. Data was taken from the Monday before Thanksgiving to the Sunday after.

 Data indicated the absolute worst time for traffic was from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

With so many people traveling in and out of the city, it should come as no surprise that data indicated the absolute worst time for traffic was from 1 to 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. If you have to drive somewhere that Wednesday, Google suggests leaving before 12 p.m. or after 6 p.m. to beat the worst of it, helping save your sanity at least a bit. 

While Wednesday may be a horrific traffic day, Turkey Day itself actually has very little road congestion, although Google does suggest staying off the road from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to avoid light traffic.

Heading back home over the weekend? Well, if you're planning to head out on Saturday, data indicates you should probably stick around an extra day to avoid the worst of the post-Thanksgiving traffic.

According to Google Maps, traffic is 22 percent worse on Saturday than on Sunday, so tear into some leftovers and hang out with family for an extra day to avoid the worst of it.