AAA Expects High Holiday Travel Across the Carolinas This Week

AAA Expects High Holiday Travel Across the Carolinas This Week

If you live in the Washington, D.C. area or are traveling here this Thanksgiving, you can expect to be caught in some of the worst traffic in the country.

The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after have historically been the busiest days out on the roads, so it's important that you plan ahead and leave early if you can.

Total Travelers: 1.16 million Tennesseans will travel 50 miles or more; an increase of 3.2% over a year ago.

When returning from your trip, experts say to avoid traveling Sunday between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. "Whether they are returning home, visiting family and friends, or want to enjoy the outdoors or shop, ME is just an awesome place to be". Last year, the MTA reported 257,000 tolls paid, which was 4 percent higher than 2015.

"In past years, I left on Wednesday to pick up my mom in southern Rhode Island and it's always been insane", said Melrose resident Kate House. The system reports high volume on Labor Day, Columbus Day, and throughout all of August, she said.

Gas prices in Tennessee are now averaging $2.31, a drop of 2 cents compared to last week.

Today's US average gas price is $2.54, down 2 cents from last week.


Holiday high: auto rental daily rates will hit a five-year holiday high at $70/day, which may be due to an increase in domestic demand and cost of newer vehicles. The increase in drivers in New England for the weekend is forecasted to slightly surpass the national average, with a 3.3 percent increase from 1.89 million to 1.96 million in New England as compared to a 3.2 percent national increase.

The added risk of air travel is the on-time performance of the airport you're flying in and out of on your trip.

For those having to deal with congestion in major cities like San Francisco, today may be the worst day to hit the road as commuters mix with holiday travelers, generating what may become record-level travel delays of two to three times more than considered the norm. Automobile travel will grow by 3.2 percent this Thanksgiving, with 45.5 million Americans planning a holiday road trip. They expect almost 1.5 million travelers during that 12-day period. The DMV is ranked in the Top 10 for most congested cities at Thanksgiving. The absolute worst time will be around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Portland International Jetport is projecting volume will be about the same as previous year, with about 36,000 people flying in and out of the facility over the holiday week, assistant airport director Zachary Sundquist said. Sundquist advises passengers to arrive at least 75 minutes before their scheduled departure. Quinn is expecting heavy traffic throughout the five-day holiday.

"If you have small children in your auto, have something to entertain them with, because it may take a little longer to get to your destination", he said.

AAA expects to rescue more than 330,000 motorists this Thanksgiving weekend, with the primary reasons being lockouts, flat tires and battery-related issues.

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