Holiday travel expected to hit record

Thanksgiving Travel: When is the Worst Time to Hit the Road in Southern California?

AAA Carolinas projects that 2.1 million Carolinians will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, including 700,000 from SC, which means it's important to plan your Turkey Day departure time to avoid traffic.

You can expect off and on rain showers Tuesday and Wednesday, mainly along the coast in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

The association forecasts 107,802 Georgians to fly for the holiday, the most since 116,695 flew in 2007.

This marks the eighth consecutive year of growth in Thanksgiving travel in MI, with a 3.5 percent increase over last year. Highs are predicted to range from the low 40s Wednesday to about 65 Friday, dropping back into the mid-40s by Sunday.

"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 plan on flying for the Thanksgiving holiday, then you may want to pack some patience to go along with you.




Fueling up: Gas Prices in Tennessee averaged $1.94 on Thanksgiving 2016.

According to AAA, about 50 million cars will be on the road during this year's Thanksgiving holiday, which is approximately 1.5 million more than last year. The average price for a gallon of gas in ME last Thanksgiving was $2.23, or about the same as it was in 2015, according to the price-tracking website gasbuddy.com.

"Airline passengers continue to benefit from the highly competitive air-service landscape this holiday season, as low fares and increased availability of seats continue to make air travel widely accessible", said Airlines for America President and Chief Economist John Heimlich. Our data shows a spike of last-minute shoppers on Thanksgiving Day as navigations to supermarkets increased by 49 percent and peak at 11 a.m.

Even travel by train and other modes of transportation, like buses and cruises, are expected to increase 1.1 percent with 1.48 million travelers.

Today's USA average gas price is $2.54, down 2 cents from last week. The national average is $2.53 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. 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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