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Congestion Not The Only Problem For Thanksgiving Travelers [Patch]

November 15, 2019

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, it’s a good time to think about not only your travel time but also what’s going to be going on on local roads. A new study suggests that congestion is not the only issue for the 49 million Americans who AAA predicts will take to the roads for Thanksgiving 2019.

The researchers at Cambridge Mobile Telematics conclude that Thanksgiving Day is the most dangerous day of the holiday week to drive, with nearly half of trips taken involving speeding, and more than a third involving distracted driving.

So whether you’re staying close to home, driving , or driving through some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, give yourself enough time.

CMT analyzed nearly 5.8 million drives (trips taken) in the country to uncover the most congested and dangerous cities over Thanksgiving week, as well as the best days to travel. Based on data analyzed from Nov. 19 – 26, 2018, CMT found that Wednesday is the most congested day to travel, while Thursday is the most dangerous, with nearly half (46 percent) of drives involving speeding and 38 percent involving distraction.