Just how busy will roads be this holiday weekend?

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Holiday travel can be a real headache whether you’re flying or driving. This year, AAA says, could be the busiest in years.

According to AAA, over 54 million Americans are expected to travel farther than 50 miles this Thanksgiving. That’s up five percent from 2017, and AAA says it’s the highest number of holiday travelers since 2005.

That, AAA says, could be in part because of the dropping gas prices. The average gas price in the Lexington area is $2.20, according to AAA. In several places, prices are even lower than that.

Aside from filling up your tank, AAA says there’s more you should be thinking about before hitting the road. For example, making sure your car is in good shape.

AAA says with a high number of travelers, comes a high number of those needing roadside assistance. It says last year, it’s roadside assistance met over 360 thousand drivers that were stranded over the Thanksgiving Holiday. 1500 of those, AAA says, were in the Lexington area alone.

If you’re one of the millions traveling this weekend, don’t expect to get anywhere fast.

“Be patient,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins with AAA Bluegrass. “Expect that it’s going to take you a little longer to get where you need to go and that’s true whether you’re traveling on the highway or you’re taking to the airways. So, just leave yourself extra time, try to be patient and enjoy the holiday.”


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