If you're reading this, well, why aren't you on the road already? If you want to get a jump on traffic, leave between 10 and 11 a.m. Friday and return before 1 p.m. or after 7 p.m. on Monday. That's according to INRIX, which uses data and technology to help people navigate better.
For example, if you're going to Las Vegas for the weekend and leave at the peak time — between 5 and 6 p.m. — INRIX says it will take you four hours and 45 minutes on Interstate 15. Of that total, 45 will be spent fighting traffic. (INRIX, by the way, offers a mobile traffic app called INRIX XD Traffic.)
The trip to San Diego could be worse, even if it's half the distance to Vegas. If you leave between 6 and 7 p.m. on Friday, it will take you almost four hours if you're driving on Interstate 5. Almost two hours of that is delays, INRIX says.
Some road trip tips: Make sure you take a restroom break. Also carry some good tunes (40% of Americans like to listen to classic rock on the road, 28% country, according to an
And maybe a good dose of junk food will help this news go down more easily: Gas prices have gone up — as if you hadn't noticed. In the L.A. area, gas was $4.17 a gallon near the end of the week, which is 9 cents a gallon more than a year ago, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge report.
That means if you use 20 gallons of gas on your getaway, you'll spend $1.80 more than you did in 2013.
If you're traveling to other parts of the country, you'll pay only $3.64 on average per gallon, which is a penny less than it was a year ago.
Whenever you're going, pack your patience. That Expedia poll — billed as a Road Rage Report — said we get super-irritated by those who text (the least favorite habit of 69% of responents) and by those who tailgate (60%).
In many ways, though, we are lucky. Those who were surveyed in the Expedia poll chose the Pacific Coast Highway as their No. 1 scenic drive and Route 66 as their second choice. Both are close at hand and certainly easier to get to than choice No. 3, which was the Florida Keys, a mere 2,889 miles away.