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Plymouth Rock Assurance

November 24, 2015 06:00 ET

New Study Reveals New Jersey Traffic Patterns for Thanksgiving Day

Plymouth Rock Assurance Study Shows Midday Hours Are the Busiest for Travel in NJ; Company Offers Tips to Avoid Traffic and How to Handle Common Car Trouble on the Road

RED BANK, NJ--(Marketwired - November 24, 2015) - A study released today by New Jersey auto insurance group Plymouth Rock Assurance shows 87% of New Jersey residents traveling on Thanksgiving Day will do so between 10 am and 5 pm. However, only 9% plan to travel between 6 am and 10 am.

"Thanksgiving is one weekday that NJ drivers should consider being on the roads during typical morning rush hours," said Gerry Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey. "Making small adjustments to travel plans can mean avoiding the heaviest traffic. It's safer and less stressful to be on the roads with fewer cars."

Findings from the study include:

  • 70% of all NJ residents polled plan to travel on Thanksgiving Day. Only 15% plan to travel the day before Thanksgiving, with the rest traveling on another day.
  • 50% of all respondents will travel less than 30 miles, while 31% will travel from 30 miles to less than 100 miles, with the rest traveling farther.
  • Of NJ residents traveling on Thanksgiving Day, 9% will travel between 6 am and 10 am, 45% between 10 am and 1 pm, 42% between 1 pm and 5 pm, with the rest traveling later.

While driving is the most popular form of Thanksgiving travel, the study shows that many drivers are not equipped to handle common car trouble. Nearly half of drivers polled have never changed a flat tire and don't carry jumper cables.

"Proactive preparation can make it easier to handle common car trouble on your own," Wilson added. "Taking a few minutes to inspect and prepare your car for travel may save you from being stranded on the side of the road."

Plymouth Rock wants to help all NJ drivers arrive for their Thanksgiving dinner safely and on time. Drivers can visit the Plymouth Rock Blog for instructions on changing a flat tire, jumping a dead battery and driving in a variety of seasonal weather.

About Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock Assurance is a marketing name used by a group of separate companies that write and manage property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Insurance in New Jersey is offered by Plymouth Rock Management Company of New Jersey on behalf of Palisades Insurance Company, High Point Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Teachers Auto Insurance Company of New Jersey, Palisades Safety and Insurance Association and their affiliates. Each company is financially responsible only for its own insurance products. Actual coverage is subject to the language of the policies as issued by each company. Certain restrictions and limitations apply. For a full description of the programs, features and coverages, please visit

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