GasBuddy's annual holiday travel survey found that travelers are still expected to travel longer distances despite the higher gas prices. "Folks looking to stay in the Carolinas or even wherever they're from in the surrounding areas may tend to do so with a road trip".
"A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season", said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president.
You can expect travel times to be about 3x longer over this holiday week.
More Virginians are spending their Thanksgiving holiday away from home this year.
National gas price average as of 11/20/17, two cents less than one week ago and 40 cents more than a year ago.
AAA projects almost 51 million Americans will travel nationwide on Thanksgiving Day, the highest amount of travelers since 2005.
More than 46 million people are expected to travel nationwide, thanks to improving economy and low gas prices The average price of gas nationally has fallen below $3 per gallon for the first time since December 22, 2010.
That is the largest pre-Thanksgiving Day increase since 2007, when average prices rose 26 cents in the 30 days leading up to the holiday. Flights are expected to be the lowest on average in five years for a round-trip domestic flight at $157, a 23-percent drop each year.
If you're hoping to get a jump on Thanksgiving traffic by leaving early, you might want to rethink your plans.
The busiest time of travel will be during Wednesday afternoon and into that evening, according to Cpl.
"That does not necessarily mean there will be no workers present, and travelers need to remember that traffic fines double in designated work zones, whether or not crews are present", Wheatley said.
Travelers will be aided by good weather, for the most part, and the suspension of most highway construction projects.
DPS patrols also resulted in 275 arrests for driving while intoxicated.