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Leaving D.C.: The worst days and times to leave for Thanksgiving

Try to leave early in the morning rather than mid-day

On any regular day, traffic in Washington, D.C. can be pretty brutal. Drivers should expect delays, red lights on every corner, and a flurry of drivers that make mistakes like forgetting to use their blinkers. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, commuters should already be expecting long drives.

According to The New York Times, the best day to leave was this past Sunday with a return on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. The worst of the worst traffic that should be expected starts on Wednesday at 2 p.m. The New York Times suggests leaving by 7 a.m. on Wednesday to avoid the worst of it.

For the return trip, Saturday at 4 p.m. is expected to be the peak of the bad traffic. If interested in leaving that day, instead head out by 6 a.m.

When to Leave on Your Thanksgiving Drive [The New York Times]