AAA Predicts Heavy Thanksgiving Travel
November 21, 2012
by Casey Neeley, email@example.com
In a new report, the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts
increased travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
According to figures released by the association, AAA officials
anticipate an increase of 0.7 percent from 43.3 million travelers
in 2011 to 43.6 million travelers in 2012. Of those 43.6 million,
39.1 million travelers, or 90 percent, will likely travel by automobile.
This figure is up 0.6 percent from last year's 38.9 million automobile
"Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 37.8 million
Americans traveled," says AAA president and CEO Robert Darbelnet
in a statement. "Since that year we have seen a steady increase
in the number of travelers taking to the roads and skies for the
Though the report projects an increase in drivers, it also shows
a decline in the overall number of miles driven roundtrip. In 2011,
automobile travelers logged an average of 706 miles roundtrip. This
year AAA predicts, based on the ever-increasing cost of gas and
the consumer need to reduce expenditures, drivers will only travel
a roundtrip distance of 588 miles, a decrease of 16.7 percent from
last year. The Pacific region is projected to have the highest number
of average roundtrip miles driven at 887 miles on average.
Air travel, which will account for 7.2 percent of this year's travel,
is down from 7.4 percent in 2011. Other forms of travel, including
buses and trains, are estimated to increase by 10 percent to account
for 2.9 percent of travelers, up from 2.7 percent in 2011.
AAA bases its forecast on economic and consumer reports. Holiday
travel figures are projected for Wednesday, November 21 through
Sunday, November 25.
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