This could be the holiday when travel volumes rise above the levels where they were prior to the September 11th attacks. AAA says more than 37 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. That's a more than three percent jump from last year.
If travel does increase next weekend, it will be in spite of the rise in gas prices. The price at the pumps is up 50 cents a gallon from a year ago, and although they've dropped lately, oil price futures rose Friday for the first time in weeks.
While increases are seen in nearly all forms of transportation, the holiday will especially mean more drivers on the highways, and law enforcement authorities say that means drivers have to be more careful.
'The more vehicles you have on the road, the more likely it is that you will have a multi-vehicle crash, or cars impeded by the number of vehicles on the roadway," says Lt. Mary Pfeifer, commander of the Ohio Highway Patrol's Marietta post. “We will have additional officers on the road looking for OVIs, drug abuse, left of center and speeding violations.”
And don't forget to watch out for more than just the other driver. November is also one of the worst months for collisions involving deer as well as other cars.
AAA says the greatest number of travelers will come from the southeast, followed by the west, Midwest, Great Lakes and northeast regions.