Independence Day Traffic 2016

The Fourth of July is right around the corner. This year the holiday falls on a Monday, which means many Americans will be hitting the road to take advantage of a long weekend. Even if you aren’t driving far, celebrations like parades and fireworks displays are a good bet to produce some crazy gridlock. Here are some helpful tips you can use to avoid traffic this Independence Day weekend. If you’re leaving town...
If you plan on taking a road trip, be prepared. Traffic can get a bit heavy, especially on long holiday weekends. To avoid the mess, here are the best and worst times to hit the road.
To make this prediction, Waze analyzed its 2015 Independence Day app usage, as well as four weeks prior and post holiday to create a comparison baseline. Here’s what we found:
  1. The best day to leave will be Saturday, July 2nd. If you can, drive before 11 A.M. or after 3:00 P.M.
  2. The worst day to leave will be Friday, July 1st. Avoid leaving between 3:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. Historically on this day, we’ve seen a 17% increase in traffic jams.
If you live near Boston, Miami, New York, or Sacramento, check out this bonus data that shows the best and worst times to leave specifically for your city
U.S. Independence Day 2016 Traffic from waze Fireworks Shows End With Traffic
Everyone loves fireworks! Unfortunately, mostly everyone also has a car. If you plan on watching a fireworks show, be prepared for some traffic as an encore. After analyzing July 4, 2015 app usage, Waze found that traffic jam alerts and usage only peaked after 10:00 P.M. nationwide. Be sure to fire up Waze after the show!

Other Useful Features

To navigate Independence Day with ease, don’t forget about these useful Waze features that can really help you on the road.
  • Planned Drives: Take the stress out of planning when you need to leave! Just enter the time and date you need to arrive and Waze will recommend the best time to leave.
    • You’ll also receive a reminder close to your event with an updated departure time based on real-time conditions. Be sure to enable reminder capabilities in your phone’s settings to leverage this feature fully!
  • Smart Calendar: Grant Waze access to your Calendar and/or connect Facebook to automatically turn BBQs, fireworks shows, and Facebook events into Planned Drives.
  • Send Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA): Alert family and friends that you’re on the way. No need for those “Where are you?” messages and phone calls.
  • Add a Stop: Need to pick someone up along your route? Forgot to get gas? With Waze, add a stop to ensure you’re on the fastest route to both your first and end destination
We hope you Wazers have an amazing Fourth of July weekend! WAZE. OUTSMARTING TRAFFIC, TOGETHER.

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