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Thanksgiving Travel

Get your car checked out. Pack a winter survival kit.

With the end-of-the-year holidays upon us, the time has come for Americans to once again take to the road on their annual migrations to and fro grandma’s, uncle Lou’s, and sister Betty’s. This Thanksgiving, AAA says that nearly 40 million of us will be on the highways.

Fortunately, the 38.9 million holiday goers that are projected to travel farther than 50 miles from their home this Thanksgiving will be treated to the lowest holiday gas prices in three years. Most places in the country will have gas for less than $3.00 a gallon. “Travelers attempting to carve out a travel budget will be happy to know that Thanksgiving will be the least expensive holiday of the year,” said AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney.

However, triple A warns that not all road travel will be hot coco and pumpkin pie. No, plenty of areas will most likely be home to bad weather as last week’s rash of storms and tornadoes proved could happen at any time. Because of this threat, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in Leesburg, VA advises all drivers to have their cars checked out before they depart on their journey. Meanwhile, the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) suggests that drivers and passengers bring the right clothing for the weather and also pack a survival kit made up of additional warm clothing, blankets, food and water, a radio, a flashlight and extra batteries.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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