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