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AAA predicting highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005

Staff Report • Nov 17, 2018 at 2:30 PM

NASHVILLE — If you’re traveling for Thanksgiving, you’ll be joining more than a million Tennesseans and more than 54 million people from across the U.S.

AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year. The Thanksgiving holiday period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 21, to Sunday, Nov. 25.

The 2018 holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005, and the vast majority of travelers — 48.5 million — are hitting the roads.

“Consumers are traveling more due to higher wages, more disposable income, rising levels of household wealth and recently declining gas prices,” said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee public affairs director for AAA, in a press release. “Gas prices have been steadily declining in recent weeks, and if oil prices remain low, travelers could see even lower prices as we move into the holiday travel season.”

Total travelers

• Nation: 54 million travelers (an increase of 4.8 percent from 2017)

• Tennessee: 1.2 million travelers (an increase of 5.1 percent from 2017)

Automobiles

• Nation: 48.5 million travelers (an increase of 4.8 percent from 2017)

• Tennessee: 1.18 million travelers (an increase of 5.1 percent from 2017)

Planes

• Nation: 4.27 million passengers (an increase of 5.4 percent from 2017)

• Tennessee: 39,000 passengers (an increase of 4.9 percent from 2017)

Trains, buses and cruise ships

• Nation: 1.48 million passengers (an increase of 1.4 percent from 2017)

• Tennessee: 14,000 passengers (an increase of 0.2 percent from 2017)

Rescues

AAA expects to rescue nearly 360,000 motorists on the roadside this Thanksgiving. Dead batteries, lockouts and flat tires will be the leading reasons AAA members will experience car trouble.

AAA recommends motorists take their vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests and tire inspections go a long way toward reducing the chances of a breakdown.

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