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Travel Season: Wednesday expected to be one of busiest travel days this year

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 5:43 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2021 at 6:53 AM CST
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WARRICK CO., Ind. (WFIE) - Recent surveys have predicted the day before Thanksgiving to be one of the busiest travel days of the year.

We reported early this week about how busy airports might be but roadways might be just as busy.

According to reports from AAA, airports and roads may be jam-packed this year as the company is predicting 53.4 million people to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday. That’s up 13% from 2020.

This brings travel volumes within only 5% or pre-pandemic levels in 2019, with air travel almost completely recovering from its decline during the pandemic, up 80% over the last year.

People are also getting more comfortable traveling on the road now.

AAA says car trips are supposed to account for nearly 90% of all trips happening this holiday.

That report says 6.4 million more people are traveling this year compared to last.

For the rest of the holiday season, AAA recommends travelers book their flights and rental cars as soon as possible to make sure you get your spot on the plane or get a car to get back home.

In our area, officials say to always be prepared if you’re getting ready to take a long road trip.

“Remember that if you’re stuck in traffic on the interstate, for example, you want to make sure you have items inside your car to make sure you and your family are safe and warm,” said Sgt. Todd Ringle with Indiana State Police. “So make sure you have a warm blanket, make sure you have jumper cables, a shovel, an ice scraper, it’s always a good idea to have some food items and some bottled water.”

Sgt. Ringle also says ISP will have extra patrols out to ensure safety and to look out for impaired drivers during the holidays.

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