AAA says holiday traffic in Boston will be the worst on Wednesday

Be prepared for delays.

–Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

If you’re traveling by car this holiday season and thought you’d get a head start, well, it turns out the worst travel day of the season in Boston is Wednesday, Dec. 19, according to a AAA report.

Nationwide, AAA says the worst day is Thursday, Dec. 20. But some U.S. cities, such as Boston, Houston, and Seattle, will experience the greatest congestion a day before that. According to the report, Boston motorists should specifically avoid driving on Wednesday between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., when it will take more than three times longer than usual as commuters and holiday travelers share the highways.


According to AAA, car travel this holiday season will hit a record 102.1 million people, the highest amount since the association began tracking holiday travel in 2001, and an increase of 4.4 percent from last year.

“Our advice is to avoid traveling during peak commuting hours,” said Trevor Reed, transportation analyst at INRIX, the global mobility analytics company behind the travel time predictions. “If schedules allow, leave bright and early, or after the morning commute.”