AAA predicts record travel numbers in Florida during Thanksgiving week

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Thanksgiving is now less than a week away, and for many people looking to get away, holiday travel will begin on Friday.

People are taking to the roads and the skies to travel, and for those going north, the present snowstorm may have an influence on their plans.

Liane Morejon, a reporter for Local 10 News, was in Broward County’s Regional Transportation Management Center on Friday morning as staff members prepared for the hectic travel week.

“The main source of data we have are our traffic cameras,” Alexandra Lopez, of FDOT, said. “We are staffed 24/7, 365 days a year, so on Thanksgiving, we will be here. They’ll be doing traffic monitoring, and so, their main purpose is to manage events, so a crash blocking a lane of traffic on I-95. They identify that crash, they send resources that we have available — for example, Florida Highway Patrol–we are able to communicate with them and get troopers out there.”

Over 2.9 million Floridians are anticipated to travel more than 50 miles this week, up 2 percent from the previous year, according to AAA.

Approximately 91 percent of Florida visitors are anticipated to travel by vehicle.

About 89 percent of the 54.6 million Americans anticipated to travel more than 50 miles by automobile are likely to do so nationally.

Thanksgiving travel is anticipated to be the busiest over this period since 2005.

“Travel is still roaring back from the pandemic,” said AAA Vice President of Travel Debbie Haas. “While gas prices and other inflationary pressures weigh on budgets, travel remains a top priority for Americans, particularly during the holidays.”

With gas rates in the United States hovering around $3.50 per gallon this Thanksgiving, AAA predicts that this may also be the most expensive Thanksgiving ever.

Although prices are declining daily by one penny, they may soon approach the $3.35 per gallon gas price of the previous year.

According to hotel reservations, according to AAA, Orlando is the most popular travel destination for Thanksgiving in Florida, and I-95 is one of the busiest highways.

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