When you should — and shouldn’t — hit the road this holiday week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As Thanksgiving week begins, AAA Northeast reports roughly 2.1 million drivers will hit the road this week.

This would be the third highest volume of holiday traffic seen since 2000.

Diana Gugliotta, director of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast, said drivers should avoid being on the road this Wednesday between 12-8 p.m.

“Really, it’s where the rush hour traffic mixes with the Thanksgiving travelers that it gets really tough,” said Gugliotta. “It’ll probably take in some areas of the northeast corridor twice as long as it normally would to arrive at your destinations. Head out at around 8 p.m. or leave very early the next morning after the morning rush hour.”

She also advises drivers returning home to steer clear of Sunday evening.

“It’s lighter on the roads Thanksgiving night,” Gugliotta explained. “If you can stay over wherever you are for Thanksgiving on that Sunday night and wait until 10-11 a.m. Monday morning to head back, it would be really smart.”

For those who have no other option, she concluded by saying, “Make good playlists, have some snacks and water in the car, and just kind of bear down and bear it.”

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