Higher than usual gas prices are not
expected to keep travelers from visiting families and friends
during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to AAA.
Gas prices have
already exceeded $3 gallon this month, AAA said, and are expected
to remain at the level during the Thanksgiving holiday, compared to
the average $2.20 a gallon travelers paid last
"This is the first
time that we have seen gas prices topping more than $3 a gallon in
November," said Robert Darbelnet, president and CEO of AAA. "But
Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for family gatherings and
higher gas [prices] will not discourage Americans from connecting
with their loved ones."
said, high gas prices do not deter people from traveling by car,
and the organization estimates that 38.7 million Americans will hit
the road during the holiday, about 1.5% more than last
Of that total, at
least 31.2 million travelers will travel by car or other motor
vehicle, up slightly from the 30.8 million who drove last
AAA, which surveyed
2,200 adults from Oct. 22 to 26 for the Thanksgiving holiday
forecast, estimated that 4.7 million Americans will travel by plane
and 2.8 million will travel by train, bus or RV.
The survey found
that 71.1% of Thanksgiving travelers will
be families with children, while 28.9% will travel without
children. Most will travel in the West (79.8%), followed by the
Midwest (74.2%); the Southeast (68.5%) and the Northeast
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