The two hours you may want to sit out traffic ahead of your Memorial Day travel

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner and folks may even start heading out for their holiday road trip as early as today, Thursday!

When you hit the road is key to get to your destination safely and with calm. According to AAA Texas, that means avoid driving between 4:45 and 6:45 p.m. --that’s when Houston is going to have the busiest traffic.

This Memorial Day weekend is expected to be the busiest in two years -- 34.9 million people plan to hit the road and 2.8 million of those drivers are Texans. Those numbers are up around 5% compared to last year.

With all that traffic-the last thing want is to break down on the side of the road.

Get your car road-trip ready with a full vehicle inspection. This is what you need to check for:

  • Battery
  • Fuel system
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Fluid levels
  • Make sure your vehicle’s emergency kit is fully stocked

Drive safely my friends, remember plan a sober ride ahead of time! :)

Anavid Reyes

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Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner! Tips if you are flying out of Houston: If you are traveling during peak travel times, from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, please build in an extra hour to your arrival time.

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  • Southwest Freeway southbound connector ramp to West Loop southbound will remain closed this Memorial Day weekend until further notice.

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About the Authors:

Traffic expert and What’s Driving Houston reporter, proud Latina, lover of animals, food and our beautiful planet.

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.