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3.9 million Texans to travel this Thanksgiving

18 November 2017

High gas prices are not expected to deter Americans from hitting the road this Thanksgiving. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence".

Road Trip Ready: Over 945,000 will take a Thanksgiving road trip; an increase of nearly 30,000 people (3.3%).

If you're traveling to your Thanksgiving dinner, you could see a lot more people on the road than a year ago.

AAA says that its prediction will mean that this is the highest volume of travelers since 2005 at Thanksgiving time, and that these travelers will be driving 50 miles or more for the Holiday.

USA motor travel accounts for 10 percent of global demand, and is closely watched by global oil traders.

The average price of gas in North Carolina is $2.40, a 32 cent increase from 2016's Thanksgiving average.

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This represents the most travelers since 2007 and a almost 3.5 percent increase over a year ago.

"This year we could see record-level travel delays", INRIX transportation analyst Bob Pishue said.

Holiday High: Car rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles.

Motorists should see some relief at the pump before the holiday. The average price increased by 14 percent to $176 a night.

Idaho's current average price for regular gasoline is $2.65.

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

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AAA said that most Maryland and DE travelers are expected to drive to their destinations.

But some of the savings will be lost when renting a vehicle.

People may be beating the long lines this weekend before the real travel rush kicks in Wednesday, which is the peak travel day for Thanksgiving, according to AAA.

There will be 5% more passengers this year flying, and sometimes the biggest struggle when booking holiday flights is the price.

AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

Of course, saving money is key when traveling during the holidays.

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3.9 million Texans to travel this Thanksgiving