Highways To Avoid During Holiday Travel Overall, driving over flying for holiday travel has both perks and drawbacks. But according to AAA, some highways should be avoided by NYC drivers. On the list are the Staten Island Expressway, the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, and the Long Island Expressway. A AAA expert gave advice about driving for Thanksgiving and said, “Rather than go out and try to fight that traffic on Wednesday afternoon where commuters are mixing with holiday travelers. Go home, get a good night sleep, get up super early the next morning…on Thanksgiving Day itself.” Will you be driving for the holidays this year? If so, how are you preparing?