Everything you need to know about traveling in Massachusetts over the Thanksgiving holiday
Motorists can check the state DOT's website for real-time traffic and Twitter feed for advisories.
More than 48 million people will be traveling at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving holiday, according to AAA.
With that in mind, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has compiled a few tips to make traveling wherever and however far you travel a little less stressful.
One million more people will be traveling overthe Thanksgiving holiday than last year, meaning this year will be the most heavily-traveled year since 2007, according to the automobile association. The holiday extends from Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.
Most of that traffic, nearly 90 percent, will be on roadways, according to AAA.
Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack advised holiday travelers to check in with real-time updates and give themselves enough time to plan ahead.
"Have flexibility," Pollack urged travelers at a news conference. "We have a lot more tools than we used to have to seetraffic conditions in real-time.Find out where the congestion is andmake your plans flexible enough instead of sitting in it."
For traffic and road conditions, MassDOT officials advise thatdrivers:
MassDOT officials strongly urged drivers to minimize distractions, stay sober or appoint a designated driver or plan on taking public transportation if they expect to drink alcohol, and make an "extra effort to be courteous" on the roads.
"Safety is key. We do not want to start this holiday with a crash, injury orwreck," saidJeff Larason from the executive office of Public Safety Highway Division. "Put your phones away, please wear your seatbelt; the most important tool you have to avoid being hurt in a crash by other people doingthings they shouldn't is to wear that seatbelt."
Eighteen MassDOT Service Plazas will serve free coffee on between 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24, and 5 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25.
The High Occupancy Vehicle Lane on Interstate 93 between Boston and Quincy will have extended hours from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and Wednesday, Nov. 23. The HOV lane will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Information for travelers going to and from Logan Airport, via MassDOT:
Information regarding MBTAThanksgiving travel: