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November 3, 2013

Thanksgiving road travel increased this year

While road traffic always sees a boost over the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s a reminder that the number of motorists is rising each year.

In a pre-Thanksgiving press release, AAA said it projected that as many as 43.4 million Americans would travel at least 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. AAA says the Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 27 to Sunday, Dec. 1.

“AAA asked intended travelers which days they would depart for and return from Thanksgiving travel,” the release said. “Among those surveyed, the highest volumes of travelers plan to leave for their trip the Wednesday before the holiday, 37 percent, and return the following Sunday, 33 percent, with another 24 percent expecting to return on Monday, Dec 2 or later.”

While many truckers will enjoy a break over the Thanksgiving holiday, there were still thousands of commercial trucks on the road.

AAA added that “approximately 90 percent of travelers or 38.9 million people plan to travel by automobile this Thanksgiving,” which is an increase of 1.6 percent over the 39.5 million people who traveled by auto last year. “According to the survey of intended travelers, the average distance traveled by Americans during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is expected to be 601 miles, which is an increase of 2.2 percent from last year when travelers planned to log 588 miles.”