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Wednesday, 18 November 2009 14:21

Thanksgiving Travel Predictions and Safety Tips from AAA

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Thanksgiving travel is expected to increaseWith a cautious eye on economic recovery more Americans intend to travel this year for Thanksgiving than last year. AAA projects 38.4 million Americans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more away from home throughout Thanksgiving weekend, a 1.4 percent increase over last year when 37.8 million traveled for the holiday. Overall, the numbers show an even greater number of people who plan on driving (86% of all travelers). Florida is projected to show a 3 percent increase in overall travel versus 2008.

“We take the projected increase in travelers as a sign that economic recovery may finally be taking root and we believe many Americans certainly share the same hope,” said Kevin Bakewell, senior vice president, AAA Auto Club South.
With so many motorists expected on the roadways, Bakewell recommends that everyone avoid driver distractions such as cell phones and texting, as well as avoid “driver fatigue” and not attempt a long drive home at night, especially if there’s any drowsiness after enjoying a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.

“On Thanksgiving Day we’re all especially susceptible to ‘carb-overload’ and when you couple that with the tryptophan that is present in turkey and other meats, and perhaps an alcoholic beverage, many of us are ready for a nap,” Bakewell said.  

He noted that tryptophan can contribute to a feeling of drowsiness and motorists must be aware of that and avoid driving if they feel tired. “It’s much better to stay put rather than place yourself and others at risk,” he added. “A fresh start in the morning after you’ve rested makes a world of difference.”

AAA’s holiday travel projections are based on research conducted by IHS Global Insight and D.K. Shifflet & Associates which conducted a national survey of 1,350 U.S. adults. The complete AAA/HIS Global Insight 2009 Thanksgiving holiday forecast can be found at .
AAA Auto Club South is the fourth largest affiliate within the AAA federation with 79 branches serving over 4.1 million members in Florida, Georgia, West and Middle Tennessee and Puerto Rico. It is the largest travel agency in the Southeast, and one of the top ten leisure travel agencies in the nation.
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