According to the Automobile Club of Southern California, leaving Laguna Niguel during Thanksgiving holiday will be a long and busy ride. The association expects the most hectic traffic in Southern California since 2005. With the gas prices dropping slightly, you’ll surely not going to be alone filling up before lighting the town.
AAA expects 4.2 million residents to get away for the long weekend. This data amounts to a 5.1 percent increase over last the past year. 3.6 million of those travelers will drive to their destinations. The 476,000 Southern Californians are expected to fly. The other 123,000 will travel by other means. They might go either via bus, cruise, and trains.
A holiday trip is defined as a journey of at least 50 miles from home. The Thanksgiving holiday travel is five days in length which is from Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25. In 2005, the all-time highest record of Thanksgiving travelers was set. There were 58.6 million residents nationwide who took a holiday. 4.3 million of them came from Southern California.
According to AAA’s online and travel agency bookings, Anaheim might earn the third spot in most popular destinations for Thanksgiving travelers nationwide. Another survey conducted by the Auto Club’s agents reveals that Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, and Anaheim are the top five destinations this season.
An Undercover tourist said that for the entire week, Disneyland resort expects an influx of visitors over the week. The Thanksgiving day makes the most visited day in the park.
As Thanksgiving tends to be a day trip for many families, experts say that hotel rooms tend to be left empty during this time. As a result, hotels drop prices. Travelers looking to get a good hotel room deal might be able to score an excellent value.
To find out more about the traffic conditions during the holiday season, INRIX, a transportation analytics company, collaborated with AAA. Both entities predicted that drivers would experience the greatest amount of congestion Thanksgiving week during the early evening commute period. As the travel times start to increase on Monday, the Auto Club recommends travelers to travel during early Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the Thanksgiving week.
The Auto Club Spokesperson, Jeffrey Spring, also emphasized that it doesn’t matter when drivers leave for their holiday trips, just don’t drive intoxicated. He also said that an increase in traffic requires an extra focus on the road ahead. Texting while driving could also lead to a severe accident.
INRIX also predicts that the heaviest traffic congestion period in Southern California will be between on Wednesday, November 21 from 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. It will be on southbound Interstate 5 between Pacific Coast Highway in south Orange County (Exit 79) and Coast Highway in Oceanside (Exit 54B).
The traffic transportation analytics company also said that the worst time to leave from downtown Los Angeles for LAX via I-110 South over this holiday period would be on Tuesday, November 20 between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
As gas prices are steadily dropping from their highest levels since 2014, they are still expected to cost 50 to 60 cents higher per gallon than during last year’ holiday. Shopping for the cheapest gas prices along the route can be easy according to AAA. All travelers are encouraged to use handy mobile apps to shop for the lowest prices.
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