Friday, 15 December, 2017

AAA: Thanksgiving Kicks Off Michigan's Busiest Holiday Travel Season In A Decade

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Juana Turner | 24 November, 2017, 01:11

This year's Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be one of the busiest in a decade, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The Maine Turnpike Authority is predicting traffic volume will top last year's record-breaking 1 million transactions by about 2 percent, or an extra 20,000 tolls paid.

The AAA also reported that 89 percent of all travelers, or 45.5 million people, are planning a Thanksgiving road trip, which increased 3.2 percent compared to previous year.

Thanksgiving and traffic go together like turkey and dressing. Highs are predicted to range from the low 40s Wednesday to about 65 Friday, dropping back into the mid-40s by Sunday. Therefore, it's likely you might experience some traffic before you get to dinner.

According to our Weather Team 18 meteorologist Amber Hardwick, "We are tracking cool and calm weather for much of the holiday weekend, which is great news for those traveling for Thanksgiving". That's a 3.3 percent increase from past year.

Flying High: 36,919 Tennesseans are forecast to take a flight; the most since 46,447 flew in 2006.

"The economy remains solid, gas prices remain relatively affordable (although up from last year) and the weather along the Turnpike corridor looks good for traveling", MTA spokeswoman Erin T. Courtney said.

If you're planning to hit the road for thanksgiving, you're not alone. The daily auto rental average is $70 a day, a 34-percent increase from 2016 and the highest since 2013.

Fuller skies: The largest growth in holiday travel is by air travel, at five percent, with 3.95 million travelers. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176 per night.

However, 45 million of travelers will still be traveling via vehicle even though gas prices are at the highest they have been during the holiday since 2014.

Travelers will pay more for AAA Three Diamond Rated hotels this holiday weekend.

$1.90 - Thanksgiving 2016 gas price in Kansas. The state average rose 8 cents in 10 days.

As of Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Twin Falls was $2.57 - compared with $2.34 a year ago. Right now, the average in New Jersey is $2.57. The best time to hit the road is on Thanksgiving day at 6 a.m., with a return on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 6 a.m.

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