Millions Head Home For Thanksgiving, Despite Gas Prices

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Millions of Americans will hit the roads this Thanksgiving Day weekend, despite a change at the gas pump.

Adam May breaks down the travel forecast.

This year, Thanksgiving travel is going to cost you more. This Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 38 million Americans will take a road trip.

“We’re going to Boston to visit family,” said one person. “Driving.”

But that drive will be more expensive. While gas prices have dropped 11 cents in the last month, a gallon of regular was less than $3 last Thanksgiving. Now it’s almost fifty cents higher.

“When I got my car nine years ago, it was $26 [to fill up],” said one woman. Now? “$52.84”

Despite the punch to the wallet, AAA predicts a four percent increase in Turkey Day traffic compared to last year.

“It appears Thanksgiving is that holiday, more so than any other, where people are willing to make that financial sacrifice they need to spend time with family and friends,” said Ragina Averella, AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Gas prices are expected to keep dropping the next few weeks. That’s good news with Christmas around the corner.

Higher fuel prices are also driving up airline tickets, but more people are also planning to fly this year.


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