If you’re dreading the traffic this Thanksgiving, you’re not wrong: AAA says more than 55 million people will take a trip of 50 miles or more for Turkey Day.
Its expected some 49.3 million people will hit the road this Thanksgiving. That’s the most since 2005 and an increase of around three percent compared to 2018.
The worst time to drive, experts agree, is Wednesday afternoon: trips then can take as much as four times longer than normal.
And be careful out there, too. The National Safety Council says 417 people may be killed and another 47,500 could be seriously injured in car crashes this Thanksgiving holiday. So buckle up and drive safely.
As for air travel, the industry group Airlines for America says a record 31.6 million passengers will fly over Thanksgiving, a nearly four percent increase from last year.
For the record, Sunday, December 1, is projected to be the busiest travel day ever for the U.S. airline industry; some 3.1 million passengers will fly on that day alone, experts predict.
Wednesday, November 27, is estimated to be the second-busiest day for air travel, after Thursday’s holiday. It’s expected 2.98 million travelers will be aboard some 859 flights that day.
As for riding the rails, Amtrak is expecting to beat last year’s record of nearly 850,000 travelers. The company is readying nearly ever passenger car in its fleet to accommodate the expected load.