How to save time on your holiday travel

(WTNH)–It can be a slow crawl, with break lights flashing and horns blaring to start the holiday.

Whether you’re going across the state like Dana Merritt:

“I’m going to Branford for part of my family and to New Haven for the other part of my family.”

Or across New England, like Jenna Bordelon:

“We are actually going up to the Boston area to be with family for the holidays and I have some family coming up from Florida.”

Nearly 50,000,000 people will be traveling this Thanksgiving week, and most of those by car, according to Amy Parmenter from AAA.

“The increase from last year is even greater in New England than it is nationwide,” Parmenter said. “Nationwide travel is up about 1.9%. Here in New England it’s closer to 2 1/2%.”

Parmenter says this Thanksgiving there will be more cars on the road than anytime in the past 12 years. So, to get around the accidents and the breakdowns, use your apps. Check traffic with Apple Maps or Google Maps.

Google did a traffic analysis for 30 major cities and recommends staying out of peak times, which are Wednesday afternoon and evening, Thursday afternoon and evening. Early Sunday morning, according to Google, is the best time to travel through New England.

If you have to leave during one of the peak times, pack your patience with the pecan pie.

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