Thanksgiving Highway Travel Expected to Rise

The number of Americans traveling more than 50 miles by car for Thanksgiving weekend will rise 4.3% from last year to 41.3 million, auto group AAA predicted.


About 90% of travelers will take a road trip during the holiday travel period from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30 and will pay the lowest Thanksgiving price for fuel in five years.


“Holiday joy has come early this year with Americans likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2009. Lower prices are increasing disposable income and enabling families to carve out more money from household budgets for travel this Thanksgiving,” AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall Doney said in a statement.


Total travel volume is expected to rise to a seven-year high, as 46.3 million Americans travel more than 50 miles, with an average distance traveled of 549 miles round trip.


“This year, more Americans will give thanks for the opportunity to travel to friends and family than any year since 2007,” Doney said.


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