Thanksgiving Holiday Traveling By Automobile
AAA’s Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast for 2014 predicts the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 with a 4.2 percent increase over 2013. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30 and this year AAA forecast’s 46.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend. They also foresee that about 90 percent of travelers will celebrate the holiday with a road trip. That means 41.3 million people will be traveling on the road and with those statistics all drivers should take extra caution and care so everyone arrives at their holiday destinations safely.
Why The Increase In Thanksgiving Traveling By Automobile?
Road trippers are expected to pay the lowest Thanksgiving price for fuel in five years. Today’s national average price of gas is $2.85 per gallon, which is 43 cents lower than the average price for Thanksgiving a year ago ($3.28 per gallon). The national price of gasoline has fallen below $3.00 per gallon for the first time since Dec. 22, 2010, making traveling by road a welcome option for the more than 89 percent (41.3 million) of holiday travelers expected to drive to their destination.
Here Are Some of AAA’s Highlights from Their 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast:
- Traveling by car remains America’s main choice of transportation during the holiday.
- Air travel for Thanksgiving is expected to be at the highest since 2007, with 3.55 million Americans taking to the air.
- The average distance traveled this Thanksgiving will be 549 miles roundtrip and Americans will spend an average of $573 during the holiday weekend.
- More than 40 million travelers will drive to their destinations, even though car rental costs have gone up 10% from last year.
Marshall L. Doney, AAA President and Chief Operating Officer, says, “This year, more Americans will give thanks for the opportunity to travel to friends and family than any year since 2007. Americans are more optimistic about the future as improvements in several key economic factors, including employment, GDP and disposable income, are boosting consumer confidence and the desire to travel.”
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We wish everyone a healthy and happy Thanksgiving this year. Drive safely.