Wednesday, Sunday afternoons busiest time to travel

By Sam Shriver -

If you’re taking to the skies or the highways this Thanksgiving Day holiday expect things to be a bit crowded.

According to a news release, AAA expects 53.4 million Americans (nearly 2.2 million Ohioans) will travel between Wednesday and Sunday, up 13% from last year.

AAA predicts the heaviest traffic will occur Wednesday afternoon and evening as commuters leave work early and mix with holiday travelers. Sunday afternoon is predicted to also be busy as travelers return home.

“This Thanksgiving, travel will look a lot different than last year,” stated Paula Twidale, senior vice president, AAA Travel. “Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list for Americans who are ready to reunite with their loved ones for the holiday.”

AAA estimates air travel will be up 80% over last year nationally, 81.5% in Ohio.

Despite gas costing over a dollar more per gallon than this time last year, 90% of American travelers (89% of Ohio travelers) will drive to their destination this Thanksgiving.

AAA expects to respond to more than 400,000 calls for emergency roadside assistance over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is expected to have an increased presence on Ohio’s roadways to promote a safe Thanksgiving holiday.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is also expected to suspend roadwork and open as many lanes as possible, however motorists are urged to use caution with driving through work zones and allow themselves more time to get to their destination.

When you get to your destination you should still keep in mind that we are still in a pandemic and guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should be followed.

Masks are still required for everyone on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation and in U.S. transportation hubs like airports and train stations.

The CDC also recommends everyone wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

The CDC still recommends that the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.

By Sam Shriver

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