AAA predicts more will travel this Thanksgiving Day holiday

TOPEKA (KSNT) – AAA is predicting a banner year for Thanksgiving holiday travel.

The motor club projects more than 43 million American will travel 50 miles or more from home for the holiday weekend. That’s the highest volume since 2007 and a more than 4 percent increase over last year.

Nearly 90 percent of holiday travelers will be on the road enjoying the lowest gas prices in nearly 4 years.

Highlights from 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast:

  U.S. W. No. Central Region
Projected # of Region Travelers 46.3M 3.96M
Increase from 2013 4.2% 4.7%
Percent of Population Traveling 14..5% 18.8%
Percent of Travel by Auto 89% 91%
Increase in Auto Travel 4.3% 4.9%
Percent of Travel by Air 8% 5%
Increase in Air Travel 3% 2.5%
Av. Gas Price $2.85 $2.72 (KS)
Av. Distance of Travel (miles) 549 440
Median Expected Trip Spending $573 $342

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