Once I was a baby, on most Thanksgivings, my dad and mom and my brother and I’d get in our automobile very early on Thanksgiving morning to make the three-and-a-half hour drive from our home in Kent, Ohio, to Clarksburg, West Virginia, to see household. The roads have been at all times empty, which I took as I signal that we have been doing one thing fallacious. In actual fact, we have been doing one thing very proper.

That’s as a result of driving to wherever you’re going on Thanksgiving morning has at all times clearly been the best choice, even earlier than we had Google knowledge to show as a lot. Let’s run via that Google knowledge, although, shortly. Look above for a chart Google made displaying site visitors patterns in 25 main cities throughout the U.S..

As you possibly can see, it lists site visitors spikes on the Wednesday earlier than Thanksgiving 2016 ranked by the most important spikes (Cleveland taking the highest spot) and the smallest spikes (for some motive Dallas isn’t too unhealthy.)

What this chart additionally exhibits is that there have been no site visitors spikes early Thanksgiving morning, or all day Thanksgiving actually, until you depend the afternoon when individuals are presumably shuttling between places or going out for beer or one thing. Or the night, when everybody’s heading dwelling.

So, sure, the information clearly exhibits that Thanksgiving morning is the considering driver’s choose, but in addition contemplate, other than that, happening Thanksgiving morning means much less time together with your crappy household, or not less than a extra manageable period of time together with your crappy household. Arriving on Thursday, you’re the vivid new factor, a breath of contemporary air for a gaggle of people that spent everything of the prior night time speaking and thus are already bored with one another.

Because of this folks will wish to hear all about you, and when that effectively runs dry you possibly can you divert the topic to all the hottest household goss you haven’t heard about but. The purpose of this being to expire the clock, lest you danger somebody citing Trump or one thing. The best timeline: You arrive late morning, fake to assist out within the kitchen, eat for awhile, go to sleep watching soccer, after which clarify that you just’re leaving to go to the bar to meet up with highschool buddies that you just “haven’t seen in years.”

When must you drive dwelling? Based on Google, site visitors is worst on Sunday afternoons and evenings, as folks return to their holes, although, in case you take a look at the information, it doesn’t actually matter.

My suggestion? Depart Saturday morning. You’ll have spent two days and two nights with your loved ones, which is sufficient, and also you’ll nonetheless have a day left over within the weekend with which you are able to do no matter you need.

Based on AAA, 45.5 million folks will take to the roads for Thanksgiving this 12 months, which is up three.2 p.c from final 12 months. That’s lots of people! If for some motive you might be a type of folks and you end up in Clarksburg, West Virginia, I like to recommend getting some pepperoni rolls at Tomaro’s Bakery whereas on the town. High-shelf stuff.

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