For several years in a row, I’ve managed to avoid Thanksgiving traffic. Specifically, I travel on I-95 from Richmond, VA to South Jersey, but I’m confident these traffic tips apply for just about anywhere. Here’s the rundown:
- Drive, don’t fly. EZ-Pass won’t scan your body or feel you up. It’s a win-win.
- Pack whatever you need the night before Thanksgiving. Place it on the floor, just inside the front door. Have snacks, drinks, etc. ready (keep in fridge).
- And here’s the kicker… start your drive on Thanksgiving morning.
To avoid Thanksgiving traffic, start early
3:00am: Alarm clock goes off. Get up right away. No snooze.
3:01: Start brewing the coffee.
3:02: Get dressed. Quick & comfortable.
3:07: Throw last-minute toiletries in the your bag. Don’t forget your cellphone charger.
3:09: Start chugging coffee.
3:13: Pack car. Start warming it up if it’s cold.
3:20: Finish chugging coffee.
3:25: …and you’re on the road.
3:26: Turn the music up. It doesn’t matter what station.
3:27: Start bobbing your head & shaking your shoulders (aka: dance). You’ve gotta stay loose with a long drive ahead.
3:28: Commence singing. Don’t stop until you arrive at your destination.
3:35: Get on the interstate.
3:36: Set the cruise control to 75, and don’t stop unless you need gas.
____: You’ll be there before you know it
OK. I realize a few of those won’t help you get there any faster, but they are guaranteed to make your Thanksgiving Day drive much more enjoyable.