Stay safe during busy, potentially dangerous holiday weekend for travelers — Editorial

Headed to the airport this Thanksgiving? Arrive early

Long lines, heavy traffic expected at Charlotte airport day before Thanksgiving

Of those, 89 percent are planning to travel by road, and congested cities like San Francisco could see travel times three times longer than the optimal trip.

With the cheapest airfare since 2013, AAA says the largest growth in holiday travel is by air at five percent.

Tanya Householder won't travel far this Thanksgiving to see family, but there are plenty of others who will hit the road this week. - On Black Friday, navigations will be at their highest from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. local time. Its the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan.

That's even with gas prices significantly higher than they were this time last year, up 30 cents in Salisbury.

Jeanette Casselano, director of public relations at AAA, attributed the influx in travelers to the country's current economic state.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined by AAA as Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26. The auto club credits a growing economy and low unemployment for putting people in the traveling mood.

The program provides a confidential ride to the intoxicated driver - and a tow for their vehicle - to their home or to a safe location within a 10-mile radius. If an early departure is not possible, Carissa Chesanek from the travel website The Points Guy advises that the best times during the day to drive are from 9 p.m.to 4 a.m.

It's encouraged to always have a blanket ready in the car and to check the battery to make sure it's functioning properly.

"Still, there are a few reasons we're projecting record travel numbers in Central Texas and nationally", Armbruster added. The system reports high volume on Labor Day, Columbus Day, and throughout all of August, she said.

Karen Pelle of Cambria says she's heading north for the holiday, but an increase in traffic and prices at the pump doesn't bother her.

These numbers include everyone driving, flying, taking a bus, train or boat.

Rising incomes and higher consumer confidence will likely fuel "a strong year for the travel industry", said Pat Moody of AAA Northern New England. Showers will end sometime during the late morning, with sunshine filling in for the afternoon.

"The biggest tips are plan ahead and allow for extra time, know that there will be increased traffic on our interstates and highways around Indiana, check your route before you go", INDOT spokesman Scott Manning said. By doing so, you're not only creating a more pleasant environment, you're also helping protect your health by managing your stress.

NewsWatch12 Meteorologist Mike Doyle looked into the weather over the next couple days to help you make that decision.

Latest News