1.4M Thanksgiving travelers expected to fill Virginia highways

17 November, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Elaine Woods
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According to AAA Wisconsin, more than one million Wisconsinites will travel at least 50 miles from home between next Wednesday and November 26th.

USA motorists will take 45.5 million trips this holiday, a 1.5 percent increase over past year and also the most since 2005, even though gas prices are at their highest since 2014, AAA said. "Oil prices reached 2-year highs last week, causing the sudden jump at the pump".

The American Automobile Association is releasing its annual Thanksgiving travel forecast on Thursday and includes data on the days and hours you absolutely want to avoid hitting the road. This will be the most expensive Thanksgiving to fill up since 2013, when Los Angeles gas prices averaged more than $3.60 a gallon, according to the Auto Club.

The higher gas prices are not enough to deter Floridians from traveling this Thanksgiving, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said.

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Springfield averages $2.54 a gallon, according to AAA.

With Thanksgiving nears, people traveling across the country, and AAA is predicting that there will be up to 51 million travelers this coming week.

This a 3.3 percent increase from last years projections, which will bring 1.6 million more people on to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year. "A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence".

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said. Air fares are at their lowest levels in five years for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes, AAA said. "And should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year". That marks a 3.4 percent increase from a year ago, which AAA calls a good indicator of a strong economy and high consumer confidence.

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