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Hitting the road a Thanksgiving tradition

22 Noviembre 2017, 02:24 | Azura Castelo

Long lines in airports are just one obstacle standing between you and your holiday. Here's what to expect

Long lines in airports are just one obstacle standing between you and your holiday. Here's what to expect

More than 3.3 million people from Virginia, Maryland and the Washington metro area are expected to travel more than 50 miles by automobile this holiday, creating traffic delays.

The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is from Wednesday, Nov. 22 to Sunday, Nov. 26.

AAA estimates that the increase in holiday travel is a 3.2 percent increase by car, and by nearly 5 percent by air. San Francisco remains the most popular Thanksgiving destination for Southern Californians, followed by San Diego, Anaheim, the Grand Canyon and Santa Barbara.

That means having the right tools to change it, too, like a jack to lift the car and tools to remove the lug nuts and the rim of the tire.

Holiday travel times in the most congested cities could be as much as three times longer than usual. We may encounter some light lake effect snow on Sunday, but that won't cause any delays on the roadways or airports. To make things even more manageable, visit MyTSA for update to date information on your airport's status and its security wait times.

More Mainers are hitting the road even though gas prices are higher than last year at this time.

Those driving for the holidays will enjoy relatively stable gas prices with the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded holding steady at $2.53 - one cent cheaper than the national average of $2.54 per gallon.

An estimated 865,000 vehicles are expected on Colorado roadways for the holiday, a 3 percent increase from last year and making it the busiest year since 2005. But close to 90% of all travelers are planning a thanksgiving road trip.

If your commute is by car, timing is key for the expected 2.3 million drivers on Florida's roads.

For those not flying the friendly skies, higher fuel prices aren't the biggest challenge.

Also, download the airline's app. In many cases, that will let you track baggage and get a heads-up if your flight is delayed or canceled.

"People are optimistic about the future as several key economic factors - employment, GDP and disposable income - have improved, thus boosting consumer confidence and the desire to travel".

The forecast also said that drivers nationally will pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014. "I'm coming back on Wednesday and I'm scared it's going to be hectic coming in so we'll see", Jones said.

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