Majority of Thanksgiving travelers driving to holiday destinations


(WFXR) — Despite warnings from health officials to avoid travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people will be hitting the road on Thanksgiving.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) notes while travel is down nearly 10 percent, the majority of people are choosing what they believe is the safer method to reach their holiday destinations, which is by car.

“Of all travel, 95 percent will happen by car and there’s a number of reasons for that,” said Jeanette McGee, a AAA spokesperson. “One, we typically do see vehicle travel as the most popular, but especially during COVID, because your car provides so much security and comfort. You decide who you’re traveling with, when you’re traveling, and when you’re stopping.”

AAA says while Americans are still on the highways, the number of days away from home are decreasing. In other words, many people are making day trips instead of taking long vacations.

Meanwhile, if you’re flying for the holiday, TSA says airports will be less crowded on Thursday.

Thanksgiving morning is usually busier than the afternoon for flights, but they’re generally less full than flights earlier in the week. Flying on Thanksgiving also has an extra bonus: lower fares.

However, Sunday will still be busy as many travelers return home after the holiday.

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