Lots of Thanksgiving travelers anticipated, says AAA

People feel like they can go somewhere for Thanksgiving this year.

“Expect the roads to be busy,” said Shawn Steward with AAA Kansas. “AAA is projecting that more than 55 million travelers are making plans to take a trip of 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. That’s the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since we began tracking in 2000.”

The record was set in 2005.

“A vast majority of those, 49.3 million are going to be traveling by car or truck on the road,” said Steward. “Expect some crowded roadways, especially Wednesday afternoon.”

The reason Wednesday is worse, especially in urban areas is because of the combination of regular rush-hour traffic and the Thanksgiving travelers. Time your trip to avoid that congestion. Also, stay in Wednesday night if you can. That’s a night where a lot of tipsy drivers take to the roads.

“We refer to it as Drinksgiving, that Wednesday has a typically high rate of driving under the influence,” said Steward. “If you are going to get together and celebrate with your friends and family, make sure that you have, make sure that you have a safe way to get home.”

Designate a driver or call a ride sharing service if you plan to imbibe.