"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season".
This map of Idaho, courtesy of AAA, shows the counties with the most and least expensive average gas prices. However, with some advance planning, your Thanksgiving weekend travel can be a lot more manageable and less hectic. The worst hotspot will be where eastbound Interstate 80 meets Pinole Valley Road in the East Bay.
AAA is making these predictions despite the national average for a gallon of gas being 37-cents higher than it was last year sitting at $2.54.
The roads and skies are going to be especially crowded this year. Through October, 34,365 people had arrived or left through the local airport. But if you're like most Americans, Thanksgiving doesn't mean a week-long holiday, so an early departure date is a luxury you cannot afford. You might be entitled to free checked bags, a discount on in-flight food and drinks, lounge passes or other goodies.
Plan ahead and check weather forecasts, road conditions and traffic patterns, leaving early to allow plenty of time for your trip.
Gassing up the car to go to grandma's house this Thanksgiving? To make things even more manageable, visit MyTSA for update to date information on your airport's status and its security wait times.
Bradley also suggests for drivers to check their vehicle's tires and see if they're "properly inflated".
According to Google, the best time to leave Boston before Thanksgiving is Wednesday at 3 a.m. The absolute worst time will be around 3 p.m. Wednesday. She recommends people deviate from the standard one-hour arrival time to give themselves a cushion.
INRIX, in collaboration with AAA, based that prediction on historical and recent travel trends for the holiday week.
"Lunchtime through 7 to 8 o'clock late evening will be the heaviest traffic", Collins said.
"Still, there are a few reasons we're projecting record travel numbers in Central Texas and nationally", Armbruster added. All sworn FHP personnel, including Auxiliary and Reserve troopers, will be patrolling the state's high-volume roadways.
These numbers include everyone driving, flying, taking a bus, train or boat.
In Wisconsin, approximately 1,056,000 Wisconsinites will travel 50 miles or more, an increase of nearly 35,000 people, or 3.4 percent, over last year.
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