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Roads less busy this holiday

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Monday, November 25, 2013
Posted: 4 pm ET

Fewer people will be taking car trips this Thanksgiving holiday, according to the latest AAA projections. The travel organization says that 90 percent of travelers over the holiday will travel by cars, but that car travelers (38.9 million) will be fewer than last year, representing a decline of 1.6 percent from the 44 million who traveled last year.

While travelers will go farther than last year -- 601 miles versus 588 miles, an increase of 2.2 percent -- those who are driving will be able to save money on gas costs. AAA estimates that gas prices will be the cheapest for the holiday since 2010. The travel organization said drivers in most states will be able to buy gas for less than $3 per gallon.

According to AAA's survey of travelers, the busiest travel days for the holiday will be Wednesday, Nov. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 1.

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.

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