Eliminate the Stress of Holiday Travel

highway traffic patterns2014 Thanksgiving Weather Forecast and Travel Survival

No matter how stressful holiday travel can be or how crazy your family may seem, just remember you are much better off than the turkeys. Wherever you’re headed this year, whether you’re driving or flying here at Mazda of Lodi, we just want to make sure you get there safely and avoid the stress and mess of crowds or traffic as much as possible. Take a look at this 2014 Thanksgiving weather forecast and travel survival guide.


We’re still a week out, but as of right now, the weather forecasts show that there aren’t any major storms for Wednesday the travel day or Thanksgiving day. The Midwest can expect some weekend rain and the east coast has been warned that as temperatures begin to rise, there will be some expected mild flooding on Sunday.

airport travelDriving:

Busiest day-the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is going to be the absolute worst day for traffic; in fact, it actually is the busiest day of the year to be traveling.

Worst time-if you can’t avoid having to travel on Wednesday, do your best not to be on the roads in the late afternoon or after work. This is when you’re going to be dealing with bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highways especially.

Coming home-when it’s time to head back, we would highly suggest leaving on Sunday if you can rather than on Saturday. Friday is just shopping madness, and Saturday, according to Google Maps, is going to have 40% more traffic compared to Sunday.


-Arrive early- lines are going to be long and people are going to be pushy. Also, gates are always subject to change so keep an eye on your gate just to make certain.

-Travel light- if you can avoid checking a bag this is going to not only cut down on time but entirely avoid being bashed around by luggage at the baggage claim.

All of us at Mazda of Lodi would like to wish you safe travels and a wonderful Thanksgiving. We also hope that you will keep us in mind the next time you are shopping for a new or used car, as well as when you’re in search of a trustworthy and reliable service and parts department.