LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – With some 4 million people expected to hit the road this Thanksgiving, far more than last year during the height of the pandemic, experts said the best bet for motorists is to exercise patience, as they aren’t just driving on the road. will be gone.
Long stretches of stop-and-go traffic will be a reality for travelers this holiday weekend.
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“The ride was fine,” said Juanita Carranza, whose family travels to LA from San Antonio, Texas. “I mean, the traffic in San Antonio is also busy, but nothing compared to the traffic in California. I mean, a lot of highways.”
Nearly 4 million Southern California residents are also expected to take to the road, a 16% jump from last year, and while most of the south will experience congestion, the worst corridor is the 1- 5 Freeway South, from Colorado Street at Griffith Park down to Florence Avenue in Downey.
So says INRIX, a transportation analytics company. They said traffic in that area was expected to be 385% above normal levels.
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. It usually takes me over an hour,” Grijalva said.
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The extra congestion on the roads is due to drivers paying high prices for petrol. In LA County, the average regular price is $4.70 per gallon.
“I’m stuck with these gas prices now,” said driver Billy Botts.
He said it will cost him about $100 to fill his gas tank, enough for him to try and limit his time on the road.
‘I’m in Rivierenbuurt. I have a business here in the galleria, in the mall. I’m now trying to save money by staying at home instead of coming here to make sure the business runs smoothly,” said Botts.
Regardless of the high petrol prices and traffic, for many driving is unavoidable, and for other motorists on the road this holiday season, Grijalva had this advice:
“Just put on some good music and try not to rage or anything like that,” he said.
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For motorists planning to hit the road tonight, experts said traffic will be best after 9 p.m.