Drivers to see highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014


According to the American Automobile Association and traffic research and consulting firm INRIX, Tuesday evening is the worst possible time to travel during Thanksgiving week.

Nationwide, an estimated 50.9 million Americans will log more than 50 miles on trips by land, sea and air, an increase of 1.6 million people over previous year and the highest traffic volume since 2005, the travel club announced.

The busy holiday travel season is here, with over two million New Englanders traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to predictions from AAA.

Similar increases in travelers are forecast in the AAA region that includes Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

While many of them will take a variety of different transportation options, RDU is ready for the crowds. "These factors should help fuel consumer spending and generate a strong finish for the travel industry this year".

Despite the recent arrival of good news at the pumps, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Greater Waco remains 32 cents higher than it was in late November a year ago, said AAA's Armbruster.

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"Gas prices should decline 5-10 cents through Thanksgiving weekend", Jenkins said.

Gas prices are also at their highest since 2014.

In order to have a pleasant trip, drivers should do their homework. "Folks looking to stay in the Carolinas or even wherever they're from in the surrounding areas may tend to do so with a road trip".

"Plan for delays", said Sgt. "The Baton Rouge area has bad traffic anyway, so the roads are going to be a parking lot at those times", he said.

If you're hoping to get a jump on Thanksgiving traffic by leaving early, you might want to rethink your plans.

Travel has become as much a Thanksgiving tradition as turkey, parades and backyard football. As of Monday morning, flights out of the airport were at "80 plus percent capacity", said Jim Caldwell, an airport spokesman. Over 82,000 Wisconsinites are forecast to take a flight, which is a 6 percent increase over a year ago and the highest number on record for the state.