More people traveling for Thanksgiving this year
Kirksville, MO. —
Over 50 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving.
That is a 4.8 percent increase over last year.
An increase of drivers and traffic means an increase in risk of getting into a motor vehicle crash.
Drivers can expect to experience the greatest amount of congestion Thanksgiving week during the early evening commute period.
The best days to travel will be on Thanksgiving day, Friday or Saturday.
Deputy Chief Steve Farnsworth says Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for road trips because the holiday period is extended over the course of four days.
Farnsworth says drivers should slow down, be defensive, plan to have a designated driver if you plan to consume any alcohol, and pay attention to the weather.
“ Just be prepared any time for the weather when you’re in holiday travel. That may set you back 10 to 15 minutes. It may set you back an hour. Be prepared with, maybe have some type of food or water in the car, definitely blankets, cell phone.”
Drivers should expect increased travel times on Sunday as most holiday travelers will be making their home after the long weekend.