Lots of people will be hitting the roads or heading to the airports this Thanksgiving, but not quite as many as last year. AAA is forecasting more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday. That's a 1.5 percent drop from last year. In Ohio, 1.6 million will be traveling, down 1.7 percent.
Why the decrease in travel? AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker says while the economy has been improving it's still sluggish.
If you're going out of town for the Labor Day weekend, you'll have lots of company. AAA is projecting 34.1 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home, a 4.2 percent increase from last year. Nearly 1.4 million Ohioans will also be traveling, up 3.3 percent.
"This is the highest number that we've seen for Labor Day travel since the decline during the recession," said Cheryl Parker, AAA Corporate Public Affairs Manager. "It appears the improving economy is helping to get more people feeling more comfortable about taking a road trip for this holiday weekend."
With kids starting to head back to school, AAA, local school officials and police are launching the School's Open - Drive Carefully campaign. The kickoff was held Thursday at Mariemont Elementary School. District superintendent Steven Estepp said this back-to-school time of year presents a great opportunity to remind people to be mindful and vigilant while driving near school buildings.
If you're among the 1.7 million Ohioans AAA says are taking a vacation this Independence Day holiday, you're in good, but likely crowded, company. The auto club estimates 1.4 million Ohioans will drive more than 50 miles from home between Wednesday, July 3 and Sunday, July 7.
Where are we going?
Pack your patience, a majority of the top destinations listed by AAA are along the I-75 corridor.