According to AAA, up to 50.6 million Americans are expected to travel between Wednesday, Nov. 25, and Sunday, Nov. 29.
For Kane County residents who do choose to travel, AAA says the worst time to drive in our area will be around 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 — and the biggest delays at that time will be on I-290.
AAA and health officials also strongly urge those who travel to be prepared and take steps to keep yourself, your family and others safe.
While 50.6 million is a big number, AAA says that represents a 10% drop in travel — the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008.
And the number of travelers is expected to drop as the holiday draws near.
“The wait-and-see travel trend continues to impact final travel decisions, especially for the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel. “The decision to travel is a personal one. For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the flexibility to modify holiday travel plans up until the day of departure.”
For Americans who make the personal decision to travel for the holiday, AAA says it’s important to know the risks involved and ways to keep yourself and others safe.
In addition to CDC guidance, travelers should be aware of local and state travel restrictions, including testing requirements and quarantine orders.