Thanksgiving holiday haul

SANDUSKY Travel gurus are expecting a record-breaking Thanksgiving. Gas stations are
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

SANDUSKY

Travel gurus are expecting a record-breaking Thanksgiving.

Gas stations are expected to see record high gas prices for this time of the year, but that will not deter a record high number of travelers, according to AAA Ohio Auto Club.

"That's the interesting trend this holiday season is gas prices. Last year we were around $2.20 a gallon, this year we are topping more than $3 a gallon," said Joanna Herncane, AAA spokeswoman. "This is the first time gas prices have been that high in November. Travelers are really feeling the pinch."

As of Wednesday afternoon, the United States average for a gallon of gas was $3.09 a gallon, and the Ohio average was $3.05. A little closer to home, Toledo and Cleveland's averages were at $3.02.

Herncane is estimating 31.2 million people will travel by automobile this Thanksgiving, up from 30.8 million last year.

"That's what makes this year interesting because gas prices have never been this high and yet we've never seen this many travelers," Herncane said.

And people will have to bundle up on Thanksgiving and when shopping Friday. The unseasonably warm weather is over.

According to the Register's weather station, sanduskyregister.com/weather/, Thanksgiving will be breezy with a chance of snow showers. The high is forecast to be 38 degrees. Friday's high is slated to be 36 degrees and flurries are a possibility.

Even though snow isn't expected to accumulate on roads, the Erie County Sheriff's office encourages people to drive safely.

"Understand that there will be heavy traffic on the road," said Capt. Paul Sigsworth. "With that in mind people need to slow down, give yourself plenty of following distance and be prepared to stop unexpectedly."

He added that people traveling rural areas should also be on the lookout for deer.

During the holiday and weekend, the department will have extra patrol shifts on the look-out for aggressive and drunk driving.