If you are joining the throng of motorists headed over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving this year, you’ll want to make sure you don’t become among the more than 360,000 drivers AAA Travel expects to rescue at some point, primarily due to dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.
Overall, AAA Travel forecasts that 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this year, a 0.6 percent increase over the 46.6 million people who traveled last year and the most since 2007. It also marks the seventh year of growth for Turkey Day travel.
“This Thanksgiving, more Americans will carve out time to visit friends and family since 2007,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO. “While many people remain cautious about the economy and their finances, many thankful Americans continue to put a premium on traveling to spend the holiday with loved ones.”
Nearly 90 percent of travelers will do so by car. To make sure you’re not one of the ones who needs rescuing, AAA recommends that you check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a holiday getaway. To download the free AAA Mobile which can connect you with roadside assistance head to AAA.com/mobile or call 1-800-AAA-HELP.
Nationwide, AAA estimates that consumers are saving nearly $265 million on gasoline every day compared to a year ago. Most U.S. drivers will pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008.
“One holiday gift has come early this year. Americans will likely pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income, and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway,” continued Doney.
Meanwhile, airfare is down slightly this year, while hotel rates are relatively flat and car rentals are up about eight percent.
Whatever your mode of transportation, from the Car Pro crew to yours, keep it safe on the roads out there this holiday season!
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