When Not to Drive this Holiday Weekend

Fourth of July weekend is nearly here, and if you’re driving anywhere you’ll want to plan carefully.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) says there are some days and times that are better for travel than others. AAA spokesperson Julie Hall says, “Travelers this Independence Day should be sure to pack their patience. Major metro areas across the U.S. could see nearly double the delays versus typical drive times. Plan your route in advance, leave early and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.”

Auto analytics company INRIX says the worst travel times between today (Thursday, July 1st) and Monday, July 5th will likely vary. They say today (Thursday, July 1st), the worst hours to drive will be between 3 and 5 p.m. While on Friday (July 2nd) you should avoid the roads between 4 and 5 p.m.; Saturday (July 3rd) you can expect delays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; while on Sunday (July 4th) traffic is expected to be light; and on Monday (July 5th) traffic is once again expected to be worst between 4 and 5 p.m.

The AAA’s holiday forecast predicts more than 47.7 million Americans travel by car and plane during the Fourth of July, when last year just 34.2 million did so.