December is flying by, and the holidays are fast approaching.

The Christmas spirit is well underway across the United States. As Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” plays on repeat inside our heads, many people are getting ready to do just that. In fact, record-breaking amounts of people across America anticipate heading home for the holidays this year. According to AAA’s forecast, this Christmas and New Years is set to be the busiest one on travel record. An incredible 107.3 Americans are heeding Bing Crosby’s anthem and traveling home this year.

With such a high volume of holiday travelers, it is best to avoid the busiest travel times, if at all possible. Checking out the traffic reports before you hit the road will save you a lot of time and energy.

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Here is the latest on next week’s holiday traffic report.

Five days before Christmas is supposedly perfect time to head home, and seemingly many people are on the same page with this. Reportedly, the heaviest traffic congestion should occur from late afternoon on Wednesday, December 20 through Thursday, December 21. If you can, avoid heading home during these times so you don’t add to the insurmountable quantity of vehicles on the road. You’ll thank yourself later.

If you have to head home during the busiest travel days, be sure to leave as early as possible. Early morning and late at night are the most opportune times to travel. Don’t forget to fuel up with a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha before you embark.

Companies AAA and INTRIX predict that the heaviest traffic is to affect the New York metro area. Keep this in mind this year if you live in New York or the surrounding area.

If you are traveling in a metropolitan area, the regular congestion is forecasted to be up to three times greater than normal between Wednesday and Thursday.

Stay safe on the road this year. We are sure that once you arrive home for Christmas, the high traffic and longer wait time will all be worth it.

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