It’s not your imagination. Traffic patterns can change towards the end of December. To give you an idea of what to expect, we asked INRIX (the company that provides live traffic reports for MapQuest.com) to share their holiday traffic forecast for some of the nation’s busiest travel spots.
It’s expected to take you a little longer to get where you’re going in these already-congested areas, now until the end of the year. Here’s how much more time you can expect to spend in the car:
- Chicago-Naperville-Joliet IL-IN-WI – 14.2%
- Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH – 12.4%
- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX - 7.8%
- New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA - 6.4%
- Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI - 4.8%
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA - 4.8%
- St. Louis MO-IL - 4.8%
- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA - 4.2%
The roads in some areas are pretty much guaranteed to be slow-going — even with good weather. Several of the worst trouble spots are forecast for the Northeast, as people travel between New York and the rest of New England.
Check out our map of the biggest holiday bottlenecks from coast-to-coast.
To make your holiday travels a little more sane, look up your destination on MapQuest.com for live traffic reports, updated every five minutes. If you see heavy traffic ahead, it’s easy to change your path by “dragging” your route to alternate roads.