Celebrating the Spring Holidays

Experts Say Thanksgiving Travel Will Be A Nightmare

Experts Say Thanksgiving Travel Will Be A Nightmare


IS THERE ANY WAY TO AVOID THE MESS? Reporter: AAA PREDICTS THAT BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON, THE AVERAGE SPEED HERE WILL BE 2 MILES PER HOUR. NEW YORKERS ARE NO STRANGERS TO TRAFFIC. BUT AFTER THURSDAY’S SNOWSTORM, HOLIDAY GRIDLOCK SEEMS MORE DAUNTING THAN EVER. IF BRAKE LIGHTS BRING YOU FLASH BACKS OF LAST WEEK’S TRAFFIC DURING THE SNOWSTORM WHEN MANHATTAN FROZE IN GRIDLOCK AND DRIVERS WERE STUCK ON HIGHWAYS UP TO 10 HOURS, YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THANKSGIVING TRAVEL THIS WEEK. IT’S ONLY MONDAY. LOOK AT IT. I THOUGHT I’D TRY A DAY EARLIER, TRY TO BEAT A LOT OF THE TRAFFIC. BUT I STILL HIT IT. IF YOU LEAVE ANY TIME IN THE EVENING OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS, YOU’RE GOING TO HIT TRAFFIC. IT’S UNAVOIDABLE. Reporter: TUESDAY BETWEEN 3- 6:00 P.M. IS LIKELY THE WORST TIME TO HIT THE ROAD. LAST THURSDAY REALLY, REALLY STICKS IN PEOPLE’S MINDS AS FAR AS HOW BAD TRAFFIC CAN BE AND THEY REALLY WANT TO GET OUT AHEAD OF TIME. JUST SHIFTING THE CRUTCH FROM ONE DAY TO ANOTHER. Reporter: THE LINCOLN TUNNEL TO THE NEW JERSEY TURNPIKE, THE HUTCHINSON RIVER PARKWAY. WE’RE EXPECTING 300,000 BREAK DOWNS OVER THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL PERIOD. Reporter: CHECK TIRES, FILL UP TANKS, AND CHARGE PHONES BEFORE LEAVING. ARE YOU GOING ANYWHERE? NO. Reporter: EVEN A PLANE TICKET DOESN’T GET YOU OFF THE HOOK. FLIGHTS ARE UP COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR. PEOPLE HAD TO RUN PAST THE GRIDLOCK TO MAKE THEIR FLIGHTS. THE PORT AUTHORITY SAYS IT’S PUTTING EXTRA TRAFFIC AGENTS A T THE TERMINALS AND POSITIONING TOW TRUCKS FOR QUICK RESPONSE. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL? AAA SAYS THE TRAFFIC SHOULD BE LIGHTEST THANKSGIVING MORNING 5-


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