DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) If you’re planning on driving home for Thanksgiving, get ready for some busy roads. According to AAA, falling gas prices may fuel an increase in holiday travel next week.
AAA predicts 49 million Americans will hit the highways... and the skies. That’s a projected increase of one million travelers compared to last year.
Driving remains the most popular mode of transportation – and this year it comes with a major perk.
Gas prices will be the second-cheapest in nearly a decade.
The National average for a gallon of regular is $2.16… 11 cents lower than last year. Here in the Wiregrass, it’s even cheaper.
Before you hit the road, automotive experts say carve out some time for a tune-up.
“Check tire conditions and wiper blades, lights, fluids,” said Jonathan Meredith, a top technician at Techway Automotive.
Meredith also recommends a filter and battery check, too.
“Tune-ups do not take very long. They’re pretty quick.”
And a little pre-trip prevention could help you avoid a roadside nightmare.
“You don’t want to be broken down on the side of the road when you’re out of town. That’s the worst.”
AAA projects that more than 89-percent of holiday travelers will choose to drive. Air travel is also expected to increase by nearly 2 percent this year. The Thanksgiving travel period officially begins next Wednesday.