Monday, November 25, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
With 43.4 million Americans are expected to journey more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving, AAA is expecting some crowded roads between Wednesday and Monday.
“AAA projects a slight decrease in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year as a result of weakened consumer sentiment tied to economic uncertainty and the government shutdown,” said Jessica Brady, a spokeswoman for AAA Auto Club Group. “On a positive note, travel volumes are expected to remain well-above the 2008 and 2009 levels when the recession caused a 25 percent drop in travel numbers.
“However, last year there was a larger increase in overall travel than initially forecast for the Thanksgiving holiday. We could see more travelers this year than expected as a result of falling gas prices and last minute travel plans,” Brady said.
About 90 percent of travelers will take to the roads, Brady said, but more than 3 million people will take to the skies.
According to the forecasts, median spending expected at about $465, while is down slightly. The report noted that gas prices are lower than last year’s $3.47 average, with several states boasting prices below $3. Air fares are comparable to last year’s rates, as are hotel prices. Car rental prices have risen about 6 percent.