We all know that the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest time of year at the airports, but the reality is that most Americans use a car for their Thanksgiving getaways -- and this year, the roads are going to be even more crowded, despite higher gas prices. AAA expects that 38.2 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this Thanksgiving holiday, a 4 percent increase over last year.
If you're planning on a Thanksgiving getaway, you'll want to bring along some extra activities to keep you and your family occupied in the car as well as a fatter wallet. Gas prices are 54 cents higher per gallon on national average than last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Some states' prices are much higher than others, including Colorado, which logged the biggest year-over-year jump of 72 cents per gallon on average, California with a 66 cent increase and Washington with a 65 cent increase.
The increase in travelers may lead to an increase in traffic in urban areas as well as traffic pileups resulting from car accidents in both urban and rural areas. Smart car travelers this Thanksgiving will leave extra time to get to their destinations and use extra caution on the roads to help avoid a costly car accident.
Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.