Thanksgiving Holiday Means Heavy Interstate Traffic Ahead


One of the busiest travel holidays of the year, the Thanksgiving holiday means you’ll have plenty of company on the nation’s Interstate Highway system.

A new survey, just published by GasBuddy says 92% of Americans traveling for the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday plan to drive; and 71% are expect to spend less on their trip this year. The survey goes on to say that 31% travelers will be venturing over 500 miles and another 31% will travel between 200 and 500 miles. This year 92% will be driving while just 6.5% will fly.

“The Thanksgiving holiday is such a deeply-rooted part of who we are that families will always do what it takes to bring everybody together regardless of fuel prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. “But the mood we’re getting from our survey results suggests that notably lower gas prices have brought a sense of relief, perhaps some optimism, and also a sense of caution.”

Other interesting facts from the survey…

36% say their Thanksgiving travel begins on Thanksgiving Day. 30% said it starts the day before; 18% say they’re hitting the road 2 to 3 days before.

25% say they’ll fight the tryptophan malaise and drive home later on Thanksgiving Day; but the majority, 42% say they’ll wait 2 to 3 days and drive home Saturday or Sunday. 22% of us expect to hit the road with a fresh start the next morning.

71 percent said they expect to spend less on Thanksgiving this year.

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