These are the Busiest Travel Days of the Year: How to Stay Safe & Sane


Tomorrow, Wednesday before Thanksgiving, is THE busiest travel day of the entire year with the second busiest day being the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  Crowded highways and airports can make an already stressful time of year even worse.  If you are like most folksyou’re your Thanksgiving plans involve some element of driving, follow these travel tips to reduce your time and stress on the road (thereby increasing the chance that you will arrive safely at your destination).

Identify Alternate Routes 

Before you leave home, print maps showing a few alternate routes to your final destination.  This way, you can more easily access a detour if your most direct route is congested with traffic or closed due to a crash.  Don’t wait to look for this information while you are driving: causing a crash because you are driving while distracted will ruin your holiday!   

Choose Travel Days Wisely

Drive on the days most folks don’t: far fewer people travel to their destination on Thanksgiving day than on the day before.  If you have a long way to go and a single day of travel will not work for your circumstances, consider leaving a day earlier, like the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Since the Sunday after Thanksgiving is the second busiest travel day of the year, consider heading home on Saturday instead or waiting until Monday.

Check the Forecast

There’s a saying in our state that goes something like this: “if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, just wait five minutes”.  If you’ve been here for any period of time, you know it is not unheard of for us to go from 60 degree sunshine to a blinding snowstorm in a single day.  Check the weather forecast for the days you plan to travel and plan accordingly: drive when the weather is expected to be moderate or if you must drive in less than ideal conditions, make sure your car is ready.  Colorado Springs is not expected to receive precipitation again until this weekend: if you have out-of-town guests who are not accustomed to driving in snow, why not have them check out our blogs about safe travel in winter weather conditions:

If you are hurt in a crash caused by someone else during your Thanksgiving travel, contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. to schedule a consultation so we can help you recover for your injury claim from the responsible parties by calling or texting us at 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.

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