Drivers deal with traffic snarls ahead of Thanksgiving holiday

The Thanksgiving rush is on this Wednesday. 

“I woke up about 5:30 a.m. and we left about 6:30 a.m.,” one driver told FOX 46. 

It’s one of the busiest travel days of the year, and drivers say the key to a successful day is getting off to a good start.

“The main thing is leaving on time," said another.

“We left Winston [Salem] around 9:30 a.m. and ran into horrific traffic between Charlotte and Statesville and it didn’t get much better until we got out of Rock Hill.” 

According to the AAA, 54 million people will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving.

The traffic can be one obstacle to deal with, but one mother says there's a different type of hurdle when riding with two teenage daughters.

“They were a lot closer, kicking each other, so I separated them, put one in the front seat and one in the back seat,” the mom said. 

“We kind of want to tear each other's heads off so my mom had to separate us so that is kind of embarrassing for our age,” one of the two teenagers told FOX 46.

Things are a little quieter for the Waters family of five because of the three-month-old on board. 

“She's been sleeping the whole way, she's been quiet. She just fed her a few minutes ago so she's probably going back to sleep.”

But no matter how long or short the journey is today, the purpose of Thanksgiving is spending the holiday with the ones you love. 

“It's an old tradition and you just get to go have fun and thank god you're able to be around family and just thank God for being here.”