Thanksgiving travel is expected to be up this year, especially in Massachusetts, returning to levels Americans saw before the recession in 2008.
AAA says more than 48 million Americans will be driving or flying somewhere for the holiday, about a million more than last year.
By Tuesday night, the traffic had increased by drivers fro the most part said they were trying to deal with it.
"It’s a little congested but for the most part we're making the best of it," said driver, Raysean Cox. "Everybody is last minute shopping, preparing for their family time so I'm dealing with it the best I can."
The Massachusetts Turnpike is expected to be a busy place, where traffic will start building Tuesday night and into Wednesday as people look to get away.
"I'd say it’s a headache when you're stuck in traffic," said one man who stopped to get gas on the Massachusetts Turnpike. "It's never a fun time but it's the holidays. What can you do?"
Motorists are being urged to take advantage of real-time travel tools during their trips. They’re also being reminded to be careful on those sections of the Turnpike where the removal of tolls continues.
Here are some travel tips from state police:
- Leave extra time to get to your final destination.
- Plan breaks if you're traveling long distances.
- Be prepared if your vehicle becomes disabled.
- Don't drink and drive.