Get ready for heavy holiday traffic

If you haven't already hit the road for Thanksgiving, you may want to prepare for some busy roads.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 7:45 AM
Updated: Jan 10, 2018 10:26 AM

As people prepare to gather at the dinner table for Thanksgiving, AAA estimates more than 50 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles to do so this holiday weekend.

Specifically, 50.9 million people are expected to travel for Thanksgiving. And most of them -- around 45 million -- will be doing so by car.

AAA and Inrix predict that Wednesday afternoon and evening will have the worst holiday traffic.

Also, a tip for Black Friday shoppers: AAA says 29 percent of collisions took place in parking lots. Of those, 91 percent were backing collisions. So be careful when you're looking for that coveted close parking spot. 

You'll pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2014, according to AAA. Rental cars are also hitting a five-year high because of an increase in demand and the cost of newer vehicles.

But if you're flying, you'll pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013. 

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