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  • AAA Says 43.4 Million Expected to Travel This Thanksgiving Holiday

  • AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the

    Thanksgiving holiday period, reflecting a slight decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people

    who traveled last year.
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  • AAA projects 43.4 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the
    Thanksgiving holiday period, reflecting a slight decrease of 1.5 percent from the 44 million people
    who traveled last year. The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 27
    through Sunday, Dec. 1. Ninety percent of all holiday travelers, or 38.9 million, are expected to
    reach their destination by car; seven percent, or 3.1 million, will travel by air; the remaining three
    percent will travel by other modes including ship and rail. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving will
    be the busiest single day of travel with 37 percent of all travelers departing for trips on November
    27. The second busiest day is Sunday, December 1, with 33 percent indicating they plan to
    return home on that day. The full report of AAA’s holiday travel projections can be found at
    aaanewsroom.net.
    Motorists Thankful for Lower Fuel Prices
    Holiday travelers are very thankful for significantly lower gas prices which have retreated nearly $1
    a gallon since the Memorial Day holiday period, reports AAA. Last May, motorists across Nebraska
    were paying $4 or more for unleaded gasoline and some communities reported prices climbing to
    new all-time record highs. Today, unleaded fuel can be found in many Nebraska communities for
    $3 a gallon. Nationally, gasoline prices have retreated to levels not seen since November 2010.
    Factors behind the slide in prices include an uneventful hurricane season along U.S. shorelines,
    positive U.S. inventories of both crude oil and processed fuel, and flat consumer demand due to
    growing use of high fuel-efficient vehicles. Low Ethanol prices are also helping to drive down the
    price at the pump. AAA expects prices to remain favorable through the remainder of the year. For
    the latest information on fuel prices, visit AAA.com and click-on Fuel Prices.
    AAA’s Safe Winter Driving Tips
    See and be seen are simple rules to remember for winter driving. So that others may see you,
    completely clear your vehicle of snow and ice. This includes brushing the snow and ice away from
    two of your most important communication tools – your turn signals and brake lights. Always use
    your headlights, even during the daylight hours. All windows and outside mirrors should be clear
    of ice and snow. Before heading out on the roadway, safely store all heavy or hard objects in your
    trunk. During a crash, any unsecured items in your vehicle could become deadly projectiles. It
    is always important, especially during dangerous and hazardous weather conditions, to wear a
    safety belt and make certain all passengers are buckled-up, as well. Adjusting your speed to the
    Page 2 of 2 - prevailing road conditions is extremely important. Skids often occur when motorists drive too fast
    for the road conditions or brake too hard. Firm, steady pressure on the brake should be used.
    Always increase your following distance, even when you are stopped in traffic. If your vehicle is
    rear ended, having a safe margin of space in front of your vehicle may help to prevent a second
    collision. When a crash occurs, your driver air bag may deploy. For that reason, keep your hands
    properly positioned on the steering wheel to prevent hand injuries. Your vehicle’s owner manual
    provides instructions on hand positioning. If you have young, inexperienced teen drivers in your
    family, restrict their driving privileges until you have had the opportunity to teach them safe winter
    driving skills in an empty parking lot.

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