Holiday travelers, watch out — Busy roads and airports this year
Despite the fact state residents are seeing higher gas prices this Thanksgiving, more of us will "hit the road" for the holiday, AAA/Mid-Atlantic's latest survey shows.
"Thanksgiving travelers will be paying the most expensive gas prices for the holiday since 2014," spokesperson Tracey Noble said. "But that is not deterring travelers."
So far in the month of November, the national average is $2.54 per a gallon, 36 cents-a-gallon higher than last year at this time. Right now, the average in New Jersey is $2.57.
But, Noble said, paying more at the pump will not stop Garden Staters from hitting the holiday road.
"We will have over 1 million New Jersey residents driving to their holiday destination, an increase of 3.4 percent," she said. "Despite the fact that they are going to pay more, people will still be travelling, with automobile travel being the most highly used mode of transportation."
And more New Jerseyans will be flying —110,000, an increase of 5.4 percent from last Thanksgiving. Those 110,000 flyers from the Garden State will represent 9 percent of all Thanksgiving travellers.
"Expect our local airports to be very busy, come Wednesday, and even Thursday morning. People want to give themselves definitely, extra time, to make sure that they can get through those security lines and get to their destination," Nobile said.
Joe Cutter is the afternoon news anchor on New Jersey 101.5.
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