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Today’s holiday traffic may be the worst of the holidays [Consumer Affairs]

November 27, 2019

If you’re leaving today for a Thanksgiving holiday trip, today is likely to offer the worst traffic you’ll face, if history is any guide.

Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT) analyzed millions of car trips over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday period and found that Wednesday was the day with the worst traffic. This year, as many as 50 million Americans will be on the nation’s highways over the next five days.

That said, the most dangerous day on the road may be Thanksgiving day itself. CMT researchers say there’s a lot of speeding and distracted driving, perhaps by motorists trying to get to grandma’s house in time for the festivities.

Distracted driving seems to be the worst in Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, Arlington, Texas, and Kansas City. The police hand out the most speeding tickets in Boston, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Baltimore, and Atlanta.

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