LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – With about 4 million people expected to drive on the road this Thanksgiving, far more than last year during the peak of the pandemic, experts said the best bet for drivers is to exercise patience because they will not be alone on the road.
Long distances with stop-and-go traffic will be the reality for travelers this holiday weekend.
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“The drive has been okay,” said Juanita Carranza, whose family is on their way to LA from San Antonio, Texas. “I mean, San Antonio traffic is busy too, but nothing compared to the traffic in California. I mean, lots of freeways.”
Nearly 4 million people in Southern California are also expected to drive on the road, a jump of 16% from last year, and while most of the southern state will experience congestion, the worst corridor is 1-5 Freeway South, from Colorado Street near Griffith Park down. to Florence Avenue in Downey.
It is according to INRIX, a transport analysis company. They said traffic in that area was expected to be 385% above normal.
From travelers to commuters, driving has become a nightmare, just ask Martin Grijalva, who travels from Glendale to Hesperia.
“Yesterday it took me three hours to get home. Usually it takes me more than an hour,” Grijalva said.
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The extra congestion on the roads comes as motorists pay high prices for petrol. In LA County, the average price for a regular price is $ 4.70 per person. gallon.
“I’m in a pinch right now with these gas prices,” said driver Billy Botts.
He said it costs him about $ 100 to fill up his gas tank, enough for him to try to limit his time on the road.
“I’m in Riverside. I have a business here in the gallery, in the mall. I’m trying to save money now by staying home instead of coming over here and making sure the business is running okay,” Botts said.
Despite the high petrol prices and the traffic, driving is inevitable for many, and for other motorists on the road this holiday season, Grijalva had this advice:
“Just put on some good music and try not to get furious or anything like that,” he said.
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For motorists planning to drive on the road tonight, experts said traffic will be best after 6 p.m. 21.00. On Thanksgiving day, it is recommended to drive anytime before noon. 11.00, and the expectation is that the traffic will be worse on Thursday from kl.