Gas prices steady despite highest volume of Thanksgiving travel in 12 years

Gas prices steady despite highest volume of Thanksgiving travel in 12 years

Gas prices steady despite highest volume of Thanksgiving travel in 12 years

Statewide, 6.26 million are projected to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday, also a 3.6 percent increase from past year and the highest number of Thanksgiving travelers since 2007, when 6.44 million Californians took a holiday trip.

No matter your transportation option, experts want you to know that Wednesday the day before Thanksgiving, is the worst day to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.

AAA defines the Thanksgiving holiday travel period as November 22 to November 26.

However, the number of Thanksgiving travelers is nothing compared to the number of people expected to head out of town for Christmas and New Year's - when more than 100 million people are projected to hit the roads and the skies. This also marks the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in MI as more people take to the nation's roads, skies, rails and waterways.

Flying High: Over 82,000 Wisconsinites are forecast to take a flight.

That is a three-percent increase from previous year. That's 1.6 million more people than in 2016.

On Thursday, the average price for regular stood at $2.52 per gallon statewide, up from $2.14 a year ago.

Gas prices in Sacramento are at an average of $3.09, which is up 55 cents from a year ago.

Cheaper Airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

AAA estimates that 51 million Americans plan to travel for the holiday, which means the roads will be super packed.

Those driving over the holiday should keep in mind that the cost of fueling is up.

Going into the holiday, gas on Thanksgiving Day is still expected to be the most expensive since 2014.

Martha Mitchell Meade, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic, attributed the increase in travelers to more money to spend.

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