Avoid traffic by driving at these times during the holidays

As the holidays approach, most people opt for online shopping to avoid the crowds. So now that the presents are wrapped, how can you avoid the holiday traffic? Easy, just avoid the following times.

If you’re driving home a few days before Christmas make sure you are off the roads on Dec. 22, between 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Dec. 23 might be a better day to travel. Since the next day, Christmas Eve is pretty busy. Especially during the 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. time frame when everyone is rushing to make it before Christmas day.

And now that you avoided the bumper to bumper highways on the way there, when should you drive back?

The day after Christmas, Dec. 26 tends the be busiest, also between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

So opt for an extra day away and plan on returning Dec. 27, and indulge in some leftovers in the meantime.

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13. Baton Rouge received a score of 26%, meaning it took commuters 26% more time to travel anywhere in the city. This was a 3% increase from 2016.

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12. Atlanta edged ahead of Baton Rouge with a score of 27%, also a 3% increase from the year prior.

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11. San Diego had the same exact traffic score as Atlanta at 27%, also a 3% increase from 2016.

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10. Boston received a score of 28%, a 3% increase from the year prior.

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9. Washington D.C. barely edged out Boston with a score of 29%, a 3% increase from the year prior.

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8. Honolulu received a score of 29%. That's the same as Boston, but Honolulu has more congestion in the morning. Honolulu's traffic score was the same as the year prior.

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7. Portland also received a traffic score of 29% overall, a 3% increase from the year prior. But Portland has a much higher concentration of traffic in the afternoon than Boston or Honolulu.

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6. Miami received a score of 30%, a 2% increase from the year prior.

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5. San Jose got a traffic score of 32%, a 2% increase from 2016.

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4. Seattle received a traffic score of 34%, a 3% increase from the year prior.

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3. New York actually barely edges out San Jose with a traffic score of 35%, a 2% increase from last year.

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2. San Francisco has a high traffic score at 39%, a 3% increase from 2016.

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1. But it's probably no surprise that Los Angeles is the most congested city at 45%, a 4% increase from last year.

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