AAA: 1.1-million Hoosiers to drive for Thanksgiving

"Traffic" by Daniel R. Blume, some rights reserved

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): You’ll have more traffic to worry about if you’re going to be traveling for Thanksgiving.

AAA says 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or farther from home this Thanksgiving, up nearly 2 percent from last year. The agency says the roads will be the most crowded they’ve been since 2007.

AAA says nearly 1.1 million Hoosiers will hit the roads for Thanksgiving, up by more than 20,000 over 2015. Of those 1.1 million, nearly 980,000 of them will drive, up 2.3 percent from last year. Meanwhile, airlines will only see about 79,000 more Hoosiers for Thanksgiving travel, just a slight increase from a year ago.

Something that helps: gas prices. It’s $2.08 a gallon in Indiana while the national average is at $2.15 a gallon. That makes for the 2nd cheapest Thanksgiving drive since 2008, when gas was only $1.85.

AAA is warning you to be prepared, though. The agency says it expects to rescue more than 370,000 motorists over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Many of those are from preventable car troubles, like dead batteries or flat tires.

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