DR. GRIDLOCK SAYS
For an Easier Trip, Planning Is Everything
Here's some getaway advice:
Leave now. Travelers have learned to spread out their departures somewhat, but the worst traffic time is still likely to be noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Returning, people have more choices, but the worst time is still Sunday afternoon.
Be patient. Especially on Interstate 95, where anyone taking a long drive during the daytime will probably encounter somebody else's rush hour. Many drivers say that traveling at off-hours saves more time than any route variation.
Don't share. When using E-ZPass, look for the "E-ZPass Only" lanes, usually on the left side of the highway, rather than the "E-ZPass Accepted" lanes.
Stay awake. Best antidote to drowsy driving: Stop driving. Coffee, rolled-down windows and a loud radio don't do it.
Plan parking: Reagan National is the toughest for holiday parking among the Washington area's airports. Check availability online at http:/
Watch lights. Friday's shoppers in Virginia will notice that the traffic signals near malls have been retimed for holiday traffic. (Maryland doesn't use the same system.)
-- Robert Thomson
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