Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Economy | By Shawn Conner

AAA predicts record volume of drivers for Thanksgiving

AAA predicts record volume of drivers for Thanksgiving

In fact, some 45.5 million road-trippers will set off to grandmother's house and other destinations during the Thanksgiving holiday, up from previous year and the highest volume seen nationwide since 2005.

Drivers will face the most congestion during the early evenings, as commuters mix with holiday travelers. Air travel will rise five percent to almost four million.

For those flying, the worst travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday.

Separately, trade group Airlines for America says the busiest air-travel day is the Sunday after Thanksgiving, followed by the Wednesday before it.

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However, for those who will hit the roads this holiday travel season, experts said gas prices are the highest they've been in the last three years during the Thanksgiving period.

This is despite the spike in gas prices, AAA says Colorado drivers should expect to pay $2.54 per gallon, a 47 cent increase over previous year.

AAA forecasts that 36,919 Tennesseans will take a flight, Milani said, which is a 4 percent jump. New Jersey drivers are paying an average of $2.57, 35 cents higher than the same time a year ago.

A report issued Monday said 1.16 million Tennesseans plan to travel 50 miles or more by automobile later this week and will be in traffic amongst the 50.9 million Americans who have made plans.

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AAA predicts consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

Average airfares on the most popular routes within the US will be the lowest in five years, the group says.

If you're traveling over Thanksgiving, you'll have even more company than past year.

"No matter the stony road they trod or the route they rove, it behooves holiday travelers to travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays, to plan ahead, to stay alert, and to avoid distractions", Townsend said.

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Alternate travel: 15,029 Tennesseans will travel by other means like trains, buses and cruises. Colorado gas prices are up 47 cents per gallon since Thanksgiving 2016, the most significant increase in the Rockies. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014.

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