AAA: Projects busiest Thanksgiving travel holiday weekend since 2005

November 21, 2017 - 6:25 pm

AAA predicts nearly 51-million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, a 3% increase from last year and it's the highest number since 2005. AAA spokesman Don Redman says gas is about 35 cents higher on average this year than last year, but that's not stopping the expected 45-million that will hit the highways. 

"It's not just the price of gasoline itself that determine if people will drive, but it's their personal economy."
Air fares are the lowest since 2013, which Redman says will mean about a five percent increase in air travel, but Redman warns air passengers may pay more after they land.
"Unfortunately if you're using a car rental at your destination you're flying to or a hotel, we've actually seen an increase."
Redman says planning ahead is the key to making it to your destination safely. 
"Kind of map out where you're going.  It's going to be a parking lot at certain times.  So pay attention to alternate routes."
Redman adds AAA expects to service over 300-thousand due to automotive problems. He says make sure your vehicle is inspected before leaving.

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