AAA predicts 48 million people will travel more than 50 miles for the Thanksgiving holiday, that’s 1 million more than last year and the most since 2007.
So, whether you’re traveling by interstate, by air, or by rail it’s sure to be crowded. With the high volume of people traveling this year you might experience stand-still traffic, long lines at airport security, and train delays.
However, there are some things you can do to ensure that you won’t be late for Thanksgiving dinner.
For drivers, plan your drive, monitor traffic and drive safely. If you plan your drive it will likely ease stress and frustration when trying to make it to your holiday destination.
For airline travelers, make sure you arrive at the airport AT LEAST two hours before your scheduled departure. The TSA is expecting more passengers at airport checkpoints than ever before, but if you arrive early even if there is a delay you should have plenty of time.
For those traveling by train, Amtrak is urging passengers to arrive early and check train schedules regularly.
According to AAA, more than 90% of travelers will do so by car.
The Thanksgiving weekend is already one of the heaviest driving weekends of the year and this year is no different. This surge in road travel is credited to the low gas prices across the country, which is the second-lowest we’ve seen in eight years.
According to this heat map created by GasBuddy, Mobile County has some of the lowest gas prices in the country. If you are planning on traveling out of Mobile for the holiday make sure you fill up before hitting the road.