AAA says roads will be crowded with travelers on Thanksgiving despite the cost of gas
Jacksonville, Florida. – The AAA Motor Club expects more than 53.4 million people to travel to celebrate Thanksgiving in 2021. This is a 13% increase from 2020.
This would be the highest increase in a single year since 2005.
Of those Americans who travel, 48.3 million will hit the roads, says AAA. This is despite the high costs of packaging.
On Friday, the national average AAA for the regular unleaded gallon was $3.41. Florida was slightly lower, at $3.35, with an average in Duval at $3.33.
Billy Darner is planning a nine-hour drive to Virginia to celebrate Thanksgiving. I stopped at a Mobil gas station off Route 210, where I paid $3.25 a gallon.
“It’s going to be at least $200,” she said.
Darner says this is not within the reach of a college student.
“Half of my salary goes to gas,” she said.
Sarah Pembleton makes a shorter trip – a few hours south to Orlando.
“As a family, we put our money together so we can afford the price of gas,” Pembleton said.
For aviation, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing to screen more than 2 million people on Tuesday and Wednesday — the two days before Thanksgiving.
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