How to Beat Memorial Day Weekend Traffic
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How to Beat Memorial Day Weekend Traffic

Oh boy. Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of summer (so soon?), is almost here.

If you're road trippin,' be prepared to spend much of your three-day weekend huffing exhaust fumes from the comfort of your vehicle. Traffic data service INRIX gave us the 411 on the upcoming holiday crush, including ways to beat it:

An INRIX rep broke out the data for L.A., but it's pretty much the same as it is for the rest of big-city America:

-Friday will be the worst day to get away.

-Leaving for your road trip extra early or extra late on Friday might save you some time.

-Monday afternoon will be the worst time to return from said trip.

How to Beat Memorial Day Weekend Traffic
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According to the service (which has reduced the price of its traffic app from $24.99 to $9.99 through May 29), getaway traffic will start building as early as ... 1 p.m. on Friday, with the worst congestion peaking 1 to 2 hours earlier than usual!

Expect the return rush from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday.

INRIX says you should leave early or after 6 p.m. if you want to beat the Friday parking lot. In L.A. we have to imagine that the time would be later -- 7 or so -- as 6 is still a pretty lousy time to be on a freeway around here, even on a regular weekday.

INRIX traffic analyst Jamie Holter:

The drive out of town will be much different than what drivers experience on a typical Friday.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]

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