Idaho AAA: "Expect large crowds" of Thanksgiving holiday travelers


If you'll be hitting the road this Thanksgiving you'll have plenty of company, with an estimated 2.6 million Floridians expected to travel 50 miles or more.

This represents the most travelers since 2007 and a almost 3.5 percent increase over previous year. It almost matches the nationwide jump of those leaving home for the holiday.

We are just one week away from Thanksgiving and AAA has released their predictions for a very busy Thanksgiving travel weekend. The organization said a strengthening economy and consumer confidence have prompted Americans to be willing to spend more on travel.

"Most people have already made their travel plans, and will not cancel them for moderate shifts in gas prices", Jenkins said. The majority of traveling Floridians are expected to take to the highways, despite gasoline prices that are expected to be the highest since 2014, AAA said. The price of gas statewide is up from the $2.19 a gallon recorded a year ago. Prices surged 13 cents in three days earlier this month. Fortunately, oil prices are beginning to soften, thanks to growth in crude production and inventories; and wholesale gas prices are slipping due to high gasoline production.

The increase comes at a time when gas prices are up more then 40 cent from past year.

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The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26, according to AAA.

"Overall, for the nation, we're looking at 51 million Americans that are planning on getting out for Thanksgiving", said Haugh. "These factors are fueling a confident consumer, who is expected to maintain a high level of spending that should drive an increase in holiday travel".

"Idaho has experienced a seasonal price drop, but it's been slower than in recent years", Conde said.

And there's even more bad news for motorists heading south, AAA ranked the stretch of Interstate 95 through Fredericksburg as the region's top traffic hotspot for the Thanksgiving week.