Google’s Thanksgiving report can help you avoid traffic and crowds

With millions of people traveling long distances to visit family and friends, Thanksgiving traffic can be a complete nightmare. Google Maps already offers information about how congested the roads are on typical days, and now the team has produced a report specifically for Thanksgiving that shows the busiest periods before and after the holiday. In addition to traffic, the report also shows historically busy times at shopping centers and movie theaters so you can avoid the lines.

The report’s conclusions about the busiest times to travel won’t be a surprise. Between 3PM and 4PM on Wednesday is the worst time to travel, but Friday and Saturday afternoons also have spikes. If you need to travel, Google recommends that you make your journey…

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