Over 1.3 Million Virginians Expect to Travel for Thanksgiving

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., (November 19, 2015)In Virginia, almost 1,323,000 travelers will take to the roads, rails, and skies this holiday, a slight decline of .04 percent from last year but that number is still growing stronger since 2009. AAA projects 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, an increase of 4.2 percent from the 44.4 million people who traveled in 2013. With 300,000 additional holiday travelers, this marks the seventh consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29.

“With almost 1.2 million Virginians taking to the road this Thanksgiving weekend the lower prices at the pump is a welcome gift. Gas prices in Virginia are the lowest since 2008 for this holiday season,” said Georjeane Blumling, Vice President of Public Affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “Thanksgiving is the beginning of many weeks of holiday festivities, parties, reunions and other gatherings which many will be enjoying.  Spending less on fuel just makes the season even better.”

GAS PRICES:  AAA estimates that most drivers will pay the cheapest gas prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008. The decreased cost of gas will provide consumers with real savings that could be used for other purposes on the trip. Gas prices in Virginia today average $1.96, or 73 cents lower than this day last year.

Chart Reflect November 19, 2015 Prices

For a gallon of self-serve, regular gasoline: 

 

 

 

Today

Change since Yesterday

Last Month

Last Year

National

$2.13

down two cents

$2.26

$2.88

Virginia

$1.96

down one cent

$2.03

$2.69

Hampton Roads Area

$1.92

down one cent

$2.02

$2.72

Richmond

$1.91

Down one cent

$1.95

$2.61

 

AIR/OTHER: In Virginia, air travel is expected to decrease as much as 1.1% for the 2015 holiday weekend; while other modes of travel are expected to decrease by .6%.

AAA reminds drivers of some basic safety tips as they travel to visit friends and family this holiday season.

Safety Tips For the Road:

  • Keep your doors locked, safety belts buckled and children safe and secure in properly installed safety seats.
  • Don’t let your gas tank fall below 1/3 tank.
  • Stay on main roads and highways.
  • Pack a flashlight, blanket and first-aid kit, emergency flares or reflective triangles.
  • Carry a cell phone in case of emergencies.
  • Do not stop to help a disabled vehicle. Instead, call for help.
  • If stopping during night-time travel, choose a well-lighted, populated facility. Park where your vehicle can be seen.

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Global Insight. The Colorado-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Global Insight 2015 Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast can be found here.

As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 325,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.  For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATWnews.