Here are the best and worst times to leave Phoenix for your Labor Day weekend road trip


If you’re driving on Labor Day weekend in Arizona, make sure you plan for roadways congested with everyone else who planned road trips for Labor Day weekend.Drivers must contend with a big rush of travelers looking to squeeze in one last summer getaway.Whether it’s a trip that has been in the works for months or a last-minute getaway, Labor Day road trippers are advised to make a plan for getting ahead of traffic and ensuring their travel is as smooth as possible.Here’s what to know if you’re driving for Labor Day weekend, from the best and worst times to drive to what you can expect to pay for gas in metro Phoenix and around Arizona.When is the worst time to leave for a Labor Day road trip?The heaviest traffic in Arizona is expected late Friday and Monday afternoons, with the heaviest travel expected between 2 and 7 p.m., said Doug Nintzel, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Transportation.”It’s a good idea to try to get on the road before noon if possible,” he said.Staying home?Best Labor Day weekend 2023 staycation deals at Phoenix-area hotels, resortsWhen is the best time to leave for a Labor Day road trip?Saturday morning tends to be slightly less busy as many drivers will likely use Friday to get to their destination, Nintzel said.Lighter traffic conditions are expected on Saturday and Sunday before people start their return journeys on Monday, he said.But there are no guarantees that traffic will be light because even a minor incident can create backups on highways, …

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