This year has brought a good economy and lower gas prices. This means that Thanksgiving travelers’ numbers increase this year. Naturally, more people with more money equals more traffic and congested highways.
Being Thanksgiving, many people are travelling home to spend this holiday weekend with friends and family. With gas prices being so low, it is expected that approximately 47 million Americans will go about 50 miles or more to reach their chose destination, which according to travel agency AAA is the highest number since 2007. The number of travelers has been constantly increasing for seven years now, and will be with 0.6 percent higher this Thanksgiving than last year. However, it still is less than in 2007, when just before the recession the highest number of travelers reached 50.6 million.
Most of the travelers, almost 90 percent, are going by car which is the best and cheapest solution since they will be paying about $2.15 per gallon. In other words, if you’re going to drive for 300 miles you will save more or less $12 in fuel.
Although the most popular solution travelling by car is not the only one getting popular. Air travel will also be registering a higher number of travelers, according to Airlines for America. They are expecting a number of approximately 25.3 million passengers flying on U.S. airlines, which shows an increase of 3 percent compared to last year.
Though not very clear, when it comes to other forms of transportation, it is expected that their number of passengers will rise as well. Opinions differ when taking into consideration travelling by bus, as some expect it to go up 1 or 2 percent, whereas others expect it to decrease 1.4 percent on this weekend.
For everyone to feel and to be safe during their travel, the Tennessee Highway Patrol will be increasing patrols as part of “The Drive to Zero Fatalities” project taking place in 40 states from California to North Carolina. This project was implemented to keep travelers safe as well as to raise awareness about taking all precautions when driving. Last year, in the 120 hours of the holiday weekend, there were registered seven car crashes with seven fatalities, most of the crashes being caused by drunk drivers.
Therefore, you are advised to drive safely and responsibly, without having consumed alcohol and without rushing and exceeding speed limits that might put you and any other traveler at risk.
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