1.3 million New Jerseyans Expected to Travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday: AAA

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51 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend and in Maryland over one million are planning to get on the road.

› Chris McGinnis, founder of the TravelSkills blog, suggests booking hotels around office parks, which tend to be very quiet and offer great rates because there are few business travelers during the holidays. "We like to say, 'disconnect and drive.' We're seeing so many collisions happen, and it's because people have their head down in their phones".

For those flying, the worst travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday. In all, about 1.4 million Georgians are expected to travel over the holidays, but that figure also includes people who will fly on airplanes or ride trains or buses.

This is despite the spike in gas prices, AAA says Colorado drivers should expect to pay $2.54 per gallon, a 47 cent increase over past year.

AAA said the average price in Gwinnett on Saturday was $2.38.

In the breakdown of modes of transportation travelers will utilize this holiday, according to Bloomberg News, about 45.5 million will travel by automobile, up 3.2 percent.

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"Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year", said AAA Public Affairs Manager Cindy Antrican.

Cheaper airfare: Consumers will pay the cheapest average airfare since 2013.

AAA said due to impact from the recent hurricanes, drivers will be paying the highest Thanksgiving Day gas prices since 2015.

About 89 percent of all travelers 45.5 million - are planning to travel by auto, an increase of 3.2 percent over previous year.

"No matter the stony road they trod or the route they rove, it behooves holiday travelers to travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays, to plan ahead, to stay alert, and to avoid distractions", Townsend said.

Fueling up: Gas prices in Tennessee averaged $1.94 on Thanksgiving 2016. New Jersey drivers are paying an average of $2.57, 35 cents higher than the same time previous year. Prices this year are likely to be the highest since 2014.

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