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Google's Worst Thanksgiving Travel Cities List Includes Dallas and Austin

Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Nov 20, 2015 in Auto Accidents

thanksgiving travel congestionWith Thanksgiving just days away, people are buying their turkeys, planning their shopping trips and getting ready to drive home to see their families. This time can be extremely stressful for some people, and the heavy traffic on the roads certainly doesn't help. In recent data released from Google, two Texas cities were found to have some of the worst traffic in the country during the holiday week.

Using anonymous data collected from their mobile Google Maps app and Android devices, Google released an article showing traffic trends from last Thanksgiving week. Comparing overall traffic congestion, Dallas ranked number five and Austin number nine among a list of 21 cities.

Google also stated that if drivers can avoid it, they're better off traveling on Tuesday or Thanksgiving Day instead of Wednesday. When making the return trip, travelers can avoid congested roads by driving on Sunday instead of Saturday.

Thanksgiving eve is historically the busiest travel day of the year, and this year is no exception. According to the American Automobile Association, 42 million motorists are expected to be going on trips of more than 50 miles next week.

In addition to travel data, Google also revealed data showing a huge increase in searches for ham, pie and liquor stores on Thanksgiving eve. Interestingly, the number one search on Thanksgiving Day is for buffet restaurants, indicating more Americans are choosing to eat out than cook a traditional feast at home. Locally in Houston, doughnut shops was the top searched term on Turkey Day.

If you are planning a road trip next week, remember to drive safe and be aware of your surroundings. Accidents during this week tend to spike, particularly the night before Thanksgiving.

The Texas car accident attorneys at The Edwards Law Firm hope you and your family have a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We remind you to be extra cautious this time of year: slow down, buckle up, minimize distractions and absolutely do not drink and drive.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we will help get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to. Call today for a free consultation.

Call 800.304.9246 today or fill out our FREE case evaluation form.

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