The worst times to drive on Thanksgiving

“Are we there yet?”

Many Americans may find themselves asking this question while stuck in traffic next week on their way to their Thanksgiving destinations.

Ahead of any Turkey Day traffic snafus, Waze, the traffic and navigation app, has revealed what it thinks are going to be the worst travel times for motorists.

The company looked at “more than 90 million monthly active users” and “how they drove, particularly around the holiday season” in 2016, spokeswoman Terry Wei told Fox News. Here’s what travelers should know:

Before Thanksgiving

Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. is going to be the worst time to head home, Waze forecasts. The figure applies across the country, Wei said.

After Thanksgiving

Waze predicts that 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27, will be the worst times to travel.

“But we also see a spike of mid-day travel on Sunday, with the worst traffic at 2pm,” the company notes.


While 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. may already be normal traffic times for drivers, Wei said Waze analysts are expecting traffic at those times on Nov. 27 to be “even worse compared to a normal day.”

Looking across the country

Waze has revealed what it thinks will be the worst travel times for the U.S. from Nov. 21 to Nov. 27. Those are:

Tuesday, Nov. 21 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 22 - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 23 - 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 24 - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 26 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 27 - 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.