Preparing for Thanksgiving travel: Traffic, weather and more

Preparing for Thanksgiving travel: Traffic, weather and more

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over previous year. And if there are other passengers, rotate drivers if possible during long trips.

Air travel - the cheapest since 2013 - is also projected to increase about 3 percent this Thanksgiving.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will have troopers stationed every 20 miles along Interstate 40 on Wednesday and Sunday, the heaviest travel days of the week.

As you set out to gather with family this Thanksgiving weekend, you can expect a lot of company no matter how you're getting there.

Travelers are still hitting the road despite higher gas prices, which surged earlier this month.

"Make sure you have good plans and exercise good judgement". A smart way to ensure you won't forget anything before heading out is to make a checklist of all the items you'll need, such as medications, gifts and important documents. Flights will be full, but fewer flights will be offered than in July and August - the airport's busiest travel times.

Average gas prices in Idaho are about 30 cents higher than a year ago, but that isn't expected to discourage drivers from hitting the road this Thanksgiving. Still, more people at the airport could affect wait and processing times.

San Antonio also has the lowest gas prices in the state at an average of $2.18 a gallon.

Be patient and avoid distractions, like texting and driving.

Online marketplace platform LendEDU polled 1,000 American consumers ages 18 and up on their anticipated expenditures for Thanksgiving 2017 and found that the average anticipated cost is about $165.14 per person for Turkey Day this year.

If you'll be traveling by airplane this holiday, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport is advising passengers to arrive at least two hours prior to their scheduled depart time due to newly added TSA screening procedures and an increase in passenger volume.

With more North Carolinians on the road, the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program is partnering with state and local law enforcement for the Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs now through November 26, and reminds holiday travelers to wear their seat belts.