Turkey Travel Tips

On behalf of everyone here at Academy Ford we wish you safe travels.  As we all know Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled days of the year and this year isn’t an exception as AAA reports there will be, “43.6 million Americans [that] will take trips of 50 miles or more during the Thanksgiving weekend.”  “Cars are the dominant form of holiday transport by far. About 90% percent of travelers, or 39.1 million people, plan to travel by car this Thanksgiving,” according to AAA.

In an effort to start spreading a little holiday cheer this season, we wanted to take the time to share with you some Turkey Travel Tips, to help you get to your celebration as quickly and safely as possible. 

We recommend planning your route and schedule as strategically as possible to attempt to avoid delays.  The State Highway Administration has been advising Maryland motorist to use 511 Direct, an email- and text-driven system new this holiday season. Take the guessing game out of major incidents, delays, estimated travel times and weather conditions as 511 Direct will send you customized alerts.  Drivers can register online at md511.org 

“Folks spend days and hours planning the menu, but they don’t spend any time planning the route,” said SHA spokeswoman Lora Rakowski. “Maryland 511 Direct is a traffic crystal ball that takes the mystery out of what’s five miles up the road.”

In addition, Maryland Transportation Authority officials encourage drivers to head out on the road at off-peak travel times: Tuesday and Wednesday before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. 

We hope some of these tips will help you get to your friends and family faster and safer.  Enjoy the holiday!   

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