55.4M Drivers Expected for Holiday Weekend

Nov. 15, 2023
AAA predicts that this will be the third-highest year for Thanksgiving travel since it began keeping track.

AAA predicts that this will be the third-highest year for Thanksgiving travel since it began keeping track, according to a news release.

It’s estimated that 55.4 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home over the upcoming holiday weekend. It marks an increase of 2.3% from last year and the third-highest prediction since Thanksgiving travel was first documented by AAA in 2000. The top two years are currently 2005 and 2019, respectively.

49.1 million are expected to drive to their destinations, making up the majority of those traveling. The number is a 1.7% increase from 2022.

INRIX has estimated that November 22 will be the busiest day to be on the roads. Travel times may soar up to 80% over normal in certain metro areas. Drivers are advised to depart for their destinations either in the morning or after 6 p.m. to avoid heavy congestion.

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