AAA Chicago estimates 47 million Americans will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, with 2.5 million travelers alone in Illinois.
That’s thanks to a stabilized economy, growing disposable income, and gas prices that are well below 2014 levels.
That increased traffic also means increased awareness on the road.
“We always advise people that there’s going to be a lot of people on the roads with you, if you can avoid rush hour times, best to do so, but also make sure your family is buckled up, and certainly leave the cell phone to the passenger, and let the driver focus on driving,” said Beth Mosher, AAA Chicago Spokesperson.
This Thanksgiving holiday, driving will be the most popular mode of travel, and though the number of cars on the road will be rising, gas prices are expected to stay fairly stable.
Looking ahead to December, Mosher recommends booking flights now for the winter holidays if you plan to fly.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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