Over 1.2 million Tennesseans to hit the roads for Thanksgiving; 54 million nationwide

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    Tennessee travelers might want to hit the roads a little early this Thanksgiving as they'll be sharing the roads with more than 1.24 million people.

    AAA projects that the number of Tennessee travelers driving 50 miles or more will increase 5.1 percent from 2017.

    The company says more than 54 million Americans will also travel on Thanksgiving nationwide. That's a 4.8 percent increase from last year.

    “Consumers are traveling more due to higher wages, more disposable income, rising levels of household wealth and recently declining gas prices,” said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices have been steadily declining in recent weeks and if oil prices remain low, travelers could see even lower prices as we move into the holiday travel season.”

    Overall, this year's holiday weekend will see the highest Thanksgiving travel in more than a dozen years, AAA projects. The auto group says most of travelers, 48.5 million, are planning a holiday road trip.

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