Driving to Thanksgiving Dinner is Different This Year

Thursday, November 27, 2008 10:21

The good news this Thanksgiving for commuters is gas prices are down.  But even though gas prices are down, cut in half since the summer, fewer Americans will be on the roads driving to Thanksgiving Dinner this year.

CBS News reports: Nationally, the AAA says 41 million Americans were expected to travel more than 50 miles for the holiday, down about 1.5 percent, or 600,000 people, from Thanksgiving last year. Of those, about 4.5 million are expected to fly, down about 7 percent from last year, while around 33.2 million will drive, a decrease of about 1 percent.

It is the first decrease in holiday travel nationally since 2002, and the largest since the Thanksgiving that followed the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The real bad news is a 7% drop isn’t really enough to notice when you’re actually on the road, especially if you’re stuck in traffic this year.  That’s about a half a car every 5 not on the road from last year; and if you’re stuck in between 5 cars going 10 mph are you going to notice that half a car missing?  I guess it will be worth it, since you’ll know you’re spending about $1 less per gallon on gas than you were last year!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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4 Responses to “Driving to Thanksgiving Dinner is Different This Year”

  1. Rose at Josh Groban Live says:

    November 29th, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Well, even though gas prices are down again, the many months of tightening the belt due to gas price hike had taught us to drive as minimal as possible. We had acquired the habit of driving to shopping malls once a month and it seemed hard to break now. Since our parents house is just around the corner, walking is more enjoyable back and forth. I hope I won’t forget to put a whole pumpkin pie in the oven before we leave so there’s warm food waiting for us when we returned home. Because my family finds the cold night air very appetizing 😉

  2. Fuel Economy Advisor says:

    November 30th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    @Lisa The drop in gas price is real, although probably only temporary – it will go back up again 🙁
    I think it has a lot to do with people not driving because they are out of work, or simply saving money. When the demand for gas drops, so does the price.

  3. Cheap old cars for sale says:

    January 1st, 2009 at 4:05 am

    Ya Gas Prices are down…… 🙁 The usage and pricing of gasoline (petrol) results from factors such as crude oil prices, processing and distribution costs……
    Since fuels are traded worldwide the trade prices are similar.Fuel subsidies are common in oil-rich countries………
    Despite high demand in the country and despite rising fuel costs, gasoline prices are low in the United States when compared with most other Western countries.

  4. amanda@cheap car parts online says:

    March 25th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I hope there will be also a good news like this today. gas prices are really getting high this days and we need a good news like this.