Published: Fri, November 25, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Americans hitting roads for busy Thanksgiving holiday

This is the second-lowest gasoline price since 2008, when the national regular gasoline price averaged $1.89/g on the Monday prior to Thanksgiving. AAA predicts 48.7 million people will travel over the Thanksgiving weekend.

About 1 in 7 people across the nation will be traveling this year.

Carey says this could be the most Thanksgiving holiday travelers since 2007.

Almost 50 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home over Thanksgiving weekend this year, the largest number since 2009, according to AAA, and more than 89 percent of them are driving to their destination.

The National Weather Service issued winter weather advisories for parts of northern Wisconsin, Minnesota and MI as well as western and central Montana and central Idaho, New York and Pennsylvania for Wednesday night. Maintaining tires are particularly important this time of year, Fairclough warned.

If you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, you'll have plenty of company.

In reality, Thanksgiving is a road-trip holiday.

For those who didn't want to drive, Amtrak was adding some extra trains Wednesday and Sunday between Chicago and Milwaukee, its biggest Midwest corridor, spokesman Marc Magliari said. "The traffic is a little heavy, but it's always a attractive drive". Nearly 49 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday, the most.

For airline travelers, make sure you arrive at the airport AT LEAST two hours before your scheduled departure.

"The later in the day you go, or the farther up in the day you go, the busier the traffic is going to be", said Cecilia Campbell, travel agent for AAA.

Some 2.5 million passengers at airports, Wednesday, alone. The slowest time for airports is in the evening.

For travelers hoping for a warm-weather holiday getaway, the Utah Department of Health is issuing a warning about Zika virus.

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