51 million people expected to travel for Thanksgiving

51 million people expected to travel for Thanksgiving

Still, she said Monday will be a particularly "heavy travel day" at the airport because of returning holiday travelers and outbound business travelers.

"To get to JFK Airport, it's going to take you on average one hour and 54 minutes to get to your destination", Sinclair said.

Nationwide, almost 51 million (50.9) will travel for the holiday weekend, the most travelers for the Thanksgiving holiday nationwide since 2005.

Experts said a growing economy and low unemployment for putting people in the traveling mood.

"The holiday season will be in full swing next week with more people taking to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with past year", Martha Mitchell Meade, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. You can see where the cops are on the road. On Wednesday, the high will be 50 degrees and the low will be 29 degrees, and there's a 10 percent chance of precipitation. Therefore, it's likely you might experience some traffic before you get to dinner.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving traditionally has the highest traffic volume of the weekend.

The vast majority of holiday travelers, nearly 90 percent, will hit the open road despite gas prices at a two-year high.

Fueling up: Gas Prices in Tennessee averaged $1.94 on Thanksgiving 2016.

And while the number of travelers may be up this year, the price is surprisingly down. The daily vehicle rental average is $70 a day, a 34-percent increase from 2016 and the highest since 2013.

Plus, expect fuller skies this year!

That's because travel is expected to increase this year across the nation.

The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after have historically been the busiest days out on the roads, so it's important that you plan ahead and leave early if you can.

With Thanksgiving coming up, many families are getting ready to gas up and hit the road. At $70/day, the daily vehicle rental average is 34 percent more than previous year and the highest rate for Thanksgiving weekend since 2013. Gas prices are up 47 cents per gallon since last holiday season.

Last year, the average price of a gallon of regular gas was about $2. "That morning the roads will be empty", Sinclair said.

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