These are the worst times to travel the roads for Christmas, New Years


(NEXSTAR) – If you haven’t planned your Christmas and New Years trips yet, you might not want to wait any longer. About one in three Americans is expected to travel for the holidays, and with the vast majority relying on cars to get them to their destinations, AAA is already warning of delays on the roads.

While gasoline costs about $ 1.25 more per gallon this year compared to last year, AAA Ratings more than 100 million Americans plan to get to their vacation destinations by car. In 2020, just 78.5 million people took to the road for Christmas and New Years.

AAA reports that only marginal travel delays are expected throughout the holiday week, but large metropolitan areas may see trips taking twice – or in some places, three times – longer than normal.

For those who live or travel to Boston, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco, traffic jams are expected to peak on Dec. 23, according to data from INRIX, which provides connected car services and transportation analysis. New York and Washington DC can expect traffic congestion to peak on December 27 while Seattle’s peak congestion is scheduled for December 28. Atlanta, Houston and Los Angeles will face the heaviest traffic on January 2.

Using data from INRIX, AAA predicted the best and worst times to travel for each of the 11 days between December 23 and January 2 across the country.

Dated Worst travel time Best travel time
12/23/21 12h00-18h00 After 7:00 p.m.
12/24/21 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Before 1:00 p.m.
12/25/21 Minimal congestion expected
12/26/21 13h00-19h00 Before 12:00
12/27/21 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Before 1:00 p.m.
12/28/21 13h00-19h00 Before 12:00
12/29/21 13h00-19h00 Before 11:00 a.m.
12/30/21 13h00-19h00 Before 12:00
12/31/21 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Before 1:00 p.m., after 5:00 p.m.
1/1/22 Minimal congestion expected
1/2/22 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Before 1:00 p.m.

These predicted numbers may change, according to AAA, due to concerns over cases of COVID-19 or the omicron variant forcing people to reassess their vacation plans.

If you are traveling during the holiday season, it is important to check for local closures, recommendations and requirements for your destination, either national Where foreigner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that everyone wear a mask on public transportation and inside public spaces in areas of high or high COVID transmission.

When traveling to the United States, fully vaccinated travelers do not need a negative COVID test or self-quarantine. the CDC recommends delay the trip until you are fully immunized.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, are ill, or tested positive for COVID-19, we encourage you to refrain from travel. If you are not vaccinated and must travel during the holiday season, the CDC recommends getting tested for COVID before you leave and after you arrive at your destination. If you’ve recovered from COVID in the past 90 days and remain symptom-free, the CDC says you don’t need to get tested or quarantined while you travel.

In addition to wearing a mask when traveling and in public spaces, the CDC also recommends frequent hand washing and avoiding large groups.


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