Traveling For Thanksgiving? Be Prepared!

Posted on 11/13/2018 9:33:12 AM

The IUP Emergency Management Office reminds you to travel safely and plan more driving time during the busy Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year.

The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as Wednesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 25.

By the Numbers: 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Forecast


The vast majority of travelers—48.5 million—will hit the road this Thanksgiving, nearly 5 percent more than last year.


The largest growth in holiday travel is by air, at 5.4 percent, with 4.27 million travelers.

Motorists can expect to pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices in four years, with a national average of $2.79 as of November 1—31 cents more than a year ago.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Know before you go, and take simple steps to ensure safe travels for you and your family.

  • Don’t post online that you’re away from home—wait until you return home to post on social media.
  • Check the weather forecast before leaving.
  • Keep an emergency kit in your car.
  • Be sure to have a car phone charger.
  • Secure all doors and windows before leaving home.
  • Make sure to replace any expired insurance identification cards.
  • Use a designated driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday party.
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled.
  • Put the cell phone away while driving.
  • Observe speed limits.
  • Dial 511 for real-time traffic information.