After four years of increase, AAA forecasts that travel for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend will decrease 1.5 percent. That translates into 43.4-million total Thanksgiving holiday travelers with the largest decrease in air travel — 3.7 percent. There is both good and bad news for those traveling for the holiday.
Those traveling by automobile in Florida this weekend will see good news at the pumps. Gasoline prices have steadily declined over the last few weeks to an average of $3.41 a gallon of regular today, slightly higher than last year. And, if you're traveling from out of state from the north, and northeast you will find gasoline even cheaper along the way — North and South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee all are today reporting average gasoline prices lower than Florida.
Whether you're driving or flying, the bad news will be the weather. A large storm system is making its way toward the East and will likely affect holiday travelers Tuesday and Wednesday. In Florida, Tuesday afternoon and evening into Wednesday morning will see a significant amount of rain and possible severe thunderstorms. Air travelers can expect weather-related delays and possible flight cancellations.
If you are driving in Florida this weekend, besides exercising caution in inclement weather, it is important to note the traffic laws of the state, including the new "move-over" act, use of seat belts, child restraint laws and the increasing use of red light cameras by many communities.
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