Thanksgiving travel: changes for 2017

Nearly 50 million people are expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving. AAA says the rush begins Wednesday and will last through Sunday.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 8:04 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Nearly 50 million people are expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving.

AAA says the rush begins Wednesday and will last through Sunday. So if you're planning to travel, experts say get ready for more congestion than last year.

According to the National Safety Council, Thanksgiving is the second most dangerous holiday for driving.

Police are urging all drivers to buckle up and put down those distractions. Records show drinking and driving cases increase during this time.

Drivers can expect to see gas prices higher than last Thanksgiving.

AAA says the cost is higher than its been in three years.

A local commuter says he's staying close to home because of the cost at the pump.

“It went from $1.50 to $2 overnight. That's what it seemed like. I know it was over a week. It just jumped. People who make low wage ain't going nowhere,” said Mike Lagle.

To save time, you can use the application called Waze to find the fastest route. Click here to download it on your mobile device.

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