Avoiding the Beach Bumper-to-Bumper
Headed to the shore this summer, but dreading the traffic getting there? Everyone wants to know how to minimize their car ride so they can maximize their vacation time. Here are a few tips to make sure you're not behind the wheel all summer long.
- Watch the weather: Weather is a huge factor when it comes to traffic. If you end up driving through a storm, people will be slowing down and the risk of accidents will be increased. Knowing the weather ahead of time for each area you will pass through can help you plan for potential traffic.
- Avoid Fridays or the weekends: Leaving during the week is optimal. Often times vacationers leave immediately after work on a Friday or mid-morning Saturday, putting hoards of cars on the road to the beach at the same time. If your schedule allows, try to leave a day earlier in the week to avoid traffic when at it's worst.
- Stay up-to-date on traffic reports: The key to any trip is to always know where the congestion and accidents are. Sometimes the traffic reports will even tell you alternative routes you can take. Don't just wait until you are in the car and already moving sluggishly towards the beast that is beach traffic - go online or turn up the radio to get the latest report.
- Check for alternative routes: Avoid using the same route as everyone else. Try going against the grain and use a map to find shortcuts around major gridlocks. Who knows, you may discover some unique and hidden gems along the way.
- Leave later in the evening: Everyone wants to get there before sunset, but if you can hold out later, most of the travelers will be off the road and at their destination.