Thanksgiving travel on the rise

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If you’re planning a Thanksgiving trip, you won’t be traveling alone.

New numbers from AAA predict close to 49 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home over the holiday.

That’s an increase of nearly a million people over 2015, despite a recent uptick in prices at the pump.

Still, the cost of gas is at historically low levels, fueling the surge in holiday road trips.

Air travel is up as well, although the average round trip ticket will cost you $205 more than last year.

AAA found the top five Thanksgiving destinations according to are Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Orlando and New York.

“I think it’s definitely people taking the time they have off work. They are actually planning their vacation for the year,” says AAA’s Tamara Johnson.

KTA offers travel tools for Thanksgiving weekend

  • Know the road conditions before leaving by visiting www.kandrive.org
  • Get a K-TAG. Travelers (class 2-4) will save 20 percent on tolls and the tag will also work in Oklahoma’s PIKEPASS lane.
  • Sign up for KTA Text Alerts. These text messages let you know of any accidents or roadway incidents along the Turnpike.
  • Prepare a winter vehicle emergency kit with blankets, water, non-perishables, flashlights and batteries.
  • Check the vehicle, including fluids, tires and heater.
  • Buckle Up! Thanksgiving weekend is the national Buckle Up campaign and law enforcement, including the Kansas Highway Patrol’s Troop G (assigned to the Turnpike), will be increasing enforcement during this time.

Travelers can stay up to date on Turnpike roadway happenings by following the Kansas Turnpike on Twitter, watching for information on the KTA’s digital message boards and reading KTA’s monthly construction update.