Thanksgiving 2017: Traffic May Be Worst In More Than A Decade
Millions of Americans are packing the roads and airports for Thanksgiving escape.
Aerial footage shows bumper-to-bumper traffic in Los Angeles, as travelers escape the city for Thanksgiving on November 23. Airports are also packed.
Thanksgiving is known as one of the busiest times of the year to travel and this year may be the worst Americans have seen in more than a decade.
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According to data from the American Automobile Association (AAA), nearly 51 million people will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend – the highest travel volume since 2005, and a 3.3% increase from last year. Those traveling this year represent 15% of the US population.
Estimates suggest that 89% of travelers will journey by car. AAA found car rentals average around $70 per day, which is 34% higher than last year.
Those flying to their destination, however, may have booked a cheaper Thanksgiving trip than usual. According to AAA, the average cost for round-trip flights was the lowest in five years.