AAA Forecasts Heavy Traffic for Thanksgiving

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Get ready for traffic if you are looking to hit the road or sky this Thanksgiving holiday.

In a press release, AAA projected the number of Americans traveling for the holiday will jump 11.4 percent from 2009, with more than 42 million Americans traveling at least 50 miles away from home.

Last year, 37.9 million Americans took trips during the Thanksgiving holiday.

"While Americans remain cautious with household budgets and discretionary spending amidst high levels of unemployment, many are in a better financial position this Thanksgiving than a year ago," said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. "This improvement, along with a strong desire to spend time with friends and family, is expected to propel a significant increase in Thanksgiving travel."

About 12 percent more Americans will take to the road this year, with 94 percent of travelers opting to drive even though the average cost of gasoline is creeping toward $3 per gallon, AAA said.

Airfares will increase by four percent, although AAA said the survey was conducted before the recent TSA security uproar.

AAA defines the holiday travel period as the days between Wednesday, November 24th and Sunday, November 28th.

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