This week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a blog post discussing the best and worst times for driving in Atlanta around Thanksgiving, based on historical data from Waze, the traffic smartphone app owned by Google. Atlanta traffic is almost always heavy, and the holiday period, which can extend from the weekend before to the weekend after Thanksgiving, exacerbated the situation. Car accidents are also more likely as the roads are at capacity and drivers are rushing to leave town.
According to the AJC's blog post, the following are the worst times to travel over Thanksgiving:
- Nov. 22 (Wednesday): 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day): 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Nov. 24 (Friday): 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
- Nov. 25 (Saturday): 3:00 pm. - 4:00 pm
- Nov. 26 (Sunday): 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Nov. 27 (Monday): 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
To avoid hitting the heavy predicted traffic around the holiday, the AJC recommends driving on Friday at 4:00 am or Saturday at 6:00 am.
For those flying, the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) is one of the busiest flying days of the year. Therefore, those flying that day should expect security and other delays.