Here's when NOT to hit the road for a Labor Day trip

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Planning one final summer getaway this weekend for Labor Day? You're not alone. Americans all over the country are planning road and plane trips ahead of the Monday, Sept. 2, holiday.

But you can avoid getting caught in super-congested traffic by factoring in the busiest travel times.

Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. will be the worst day and time to hit the road.

More heavy traffic times: Friday afternoon (especially 1 to 4 p.m.) for those on their way out of town and Monday morning (7 to 10 a.m.), when people start return trips.

Flying to a destination? So are about 17.5 million others. If you're planning to fly Friday, you'll be in busy company.

Leaving town early and extending your trip past Labor Day are the best bets for a less-crowded airport experience: flyer numbers on the Wednesday before the holiday and the Tuesday after are projected to see a lower volume than the neighboring Thursday and Monday.

Saturday and Sunday are again slated to be two of the year's "lightest" travel days with about 2 million travelers each day.

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