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Published November 19, 2010, 04:12 PM

More People Traveling This Thanksgiving Weekend

It's going to be a busy Thanksgiving weekend next week with more people traveling this year than last year.

It's going to be a busy Thanksgiving weekend next week with more people traveling this year than last year. AAA says highways in the midwest will be a bit busier this year because our economy is slowly picking up.

According to AAA statistics, this year there will be an 11.4% increase in Thanksgiving travelers this year... That's around 42.2 million people driving to see their family and friends.

"People are staying relatively close to home. The average round trip will be about 547 miles and 96% of all travelers will be visiting with family and friends," said Gene LaDoucer with AAA.

This increase may seem like a lot... But Gene LaDoucer with triple A says it's not as busy as it could be.

"Well its not a significant increase that we are seeing its less than half the volume we have lost in 2007 to 2009. So, this is more of a rebound to a more level volume of travel," said LaDoucer.

But what is the reason for the rebound? LaDoucer says the increase in traffic is because our economy is slowly recovering and gas prices are staying below three dollars a gallon.

"For Thanksgiving and throughout the fall we are currently paying 25 cents more for a gallon of gas this year then we were last year. But the average is still under three dollars a gallon and its when we see the gas in the three dollar range when we see a pull back in travel," said LaDoucer.

LaDoucer says travelers need to give themselves extra traveling time for busy cities and changing weather conditions.

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