WASHINGTON — Lower gas prices mean more Americans will hit the road this year for Thanksgiving travel.
According to AAA, 46.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home – that’s 300,000 more travelers than last year.
The D.C. metro area will have about 1 million travelers this year.
While many Americans remain cautious about their finances, gas prices are well below 2014 levels, providing an early holiday bonus to travelers, AAA says.
It’s predicted more than 89 percent of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations.
“One holiday gift has come early this year. Americans will likely pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2008. Lower prices are helping boost disposable income, and enabling families to kick off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving getaway,” said Marshall Doney, AAA President and CEO.
About 3.6 million Americans will fly. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease 1.4 percent this Thanksgiving, to 1.4 million travelers.
AAA expects to rescue more than 360,000 motorists this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends motorists check the condition of their battery and tires before heading out on a holiday getaway.