Thanksgiving holiday travel expected to be highest in 18 years

If you’re planning to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you’ll have lots of company. 

AAA estimates 54 million Americans will be driving 50 miles or more from home between Nov. 21 and Nov. 25. 

That’s the highest volume of traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday since 2005. 

Gas prices should be lower for motorists. The North Dakota average for a gallon of gas right now is $2.71, down 18 cents from last month, but still higher than the same time last year. 

In fact, the average price for gas will be the highest since 2014. 

Be sure to prepare your car for the road trip. 

AAA expects to rescue nearly 360,000 motorists stranded by the roadside during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The main reasons for a sidelined vehicle, based on past experience: Dead batteries, flat tires and being locked out of the car. 

AAA recommends motorists take their vehicles to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out. 

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