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AAA: Thanksgiving travel should increase slightly


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- It looks like the number of Americans hitting the road this Thanksgiving will be slightly higher than a year ago.

AAA is out with its annual Thanksgiving forecast. AAA says a stronger economy is needed to spur a bigger jump in holiday travel growth. AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over Thanksgiving, up just 0.7 percent from last year.

Experts predict a dramatic drop in gas prices should help holiday travel. The national average has gone drown 35 cents per gallon in the last month. AAA expects prices to continue to drop through the holiday, although the price of gas on Thanksgiving Day should be close to last year's record of $3.32 per gallon.

Check out WKOW's gas tracker here.

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