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Bay Area’s Worst Times to Drive Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving travel rebounds to almost pre-pandemic levels.
By - posted 11/22/2021 No Comment

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the worst times for Bay Area drivers to hit the road over Thanksgiving weekend.

INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, predicts Thanksgiving travel to rebound almost to pre-pandemic levels. Airports and roads may seem jam-packed this year as AAA predicts 53.4 million people to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, peak travel will likely occur on Wednesday from 4-6 pm, with the worst traffic expected on I-80 E, I-580 to San Pablo Dam Rd. Experts predict traffic will be 278% above normal at this particularly bad corridor.

Expect increased traffic throughout the weekend. AAA advises the daily worst and best times to travel over the holiday weekend. See the chart below.

Daily Worst and Best Times to Travel
Day Worst Time Best Time
Wednesday 12:00 – 8:00PM After 9:00PM
Thursday 12:00 – 3:00PM Before 11:00AM
Friday 1:00 – 4:00PM Before 11:00AM
Saturday 2:00 – 7:00PM Before 12:00PM
Sunday 1:00 – 7:00PM Before 12:00PM
Source: INRIX