beat the traffic

To "beat" the traffic means to leave earlier than most people so that you can avoid travelling when the roads are crowded. You can try to beat the traffic:

  • on your morning commute
  • when driving home from a road trip on a holiday weekend
  • when leaving a large event like a baseball game

This phrase uses the word "beat" in the same way that it's used in sports, so you can imagine "beating the traffic" as running a race against all the other cars on the road.

This phrase appears in these lessons: