Holiday Travel Predicted to Reach Pre-Pandemic Levels

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – (KREX) For many, this Thanksgiving will be the first post-vaccine family get together since COVID-19 first hit the US in 202 and as AAA says, Americans across the country are taking advantage of it. “We know nationwide that 53.4 million people are expected to travel,” Skyler McKinley, AAA Regional Director, “The extent that we have been waiting years to see our families in the most family friendly time of the year, everybody is taking that opportunity.”

But they may pay for it. AAA predicts 90% of travelers will be on the road this Thanksgiving despite gas costing over costing over a dollar more per gallon than last year but with gas prices like they are currently, could limit your travel plans.

That didn’t stop Hale Brthold heading from California, home to Missouri. “The prices of gas in California were shocking to say the least, its like $6 in some places, you know way higher in California so here’s great coming off of California prices,” Hale Brthold said.

Although gas prices continue to rise, many travelers this season, will stick to the roads. “Historically thanksgiving has mostly been a road trip holiday,” McKinley says, “We certainty do see a surge of travelers taking to the skies or some other means of transportation, but broadly most Americans will drive.”

When it comes to driving, travelers need to know there are new tread requirements to pass through I-70. “If you are traveling from the Western Slope to the Front Range or eastern plains, between Dotsero and Morrison, you either need to have a 4WD vehicle or an all wheel drive vehicle or if you’ve only got a 2WD vehicle make sure you are running all season tires with mud and snow — or winter tires, if you’re not you need to have traction control devices in your vehicle. that’s what the law requires,” McKinley explains.

Tread requirements will help ensure your safety and the safety of others, especially while traveling I-70 this holiday season.

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