Motorists travel home after busy Thanksgiving holiday

Motorists travel home after busy Thanksgiving holiday
According to Trip Advisor, an estimated 63% drove to their destinations, and thousands of them traveled I-10 through Mississippi. (Image Source: WLOX News)
According to Trip Advisor, an estimated 63% drove to their destinations, and thousands of them traveled I-10 through Mississippi. (Image Source: WLOX News)
AAA estimated 48. 7 Million Americans would hit the road for the holidays this year up 1,000,000 from last year. (Image Source: WLOX News)
AAA estimated 48. 7 Million Americans would hit the road for the holidays this year up 1,000,000 from last year. (Image Source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Sunday was a busy day on the roadways, as millions of Americans drove back home after traveling for Thanksgiving.

According to Trip Advisor, an estimated 63 percent drove to their destinations, and thousands of them traveled I-10 through Mississippi.

Lana Labay of Atlanta, Ga. stopped in Gulfport a little more than halfway through her 14 hour drive from Texas to gas up and give her four dogs a potty break.

"It was great until I ran into a three car pileup in Texas, in Beaumont area," said Labay.

AAA estimated 48. 7 Million Americans would hit the road for the holidays this year, up 1,000,000 from last year.

"I would say there were more people on the road, and I guess because the gas prices were so great, and I did notice that there were more people on the road this time," added Labay.

Low gas prices are why most travelers say that's why they chose to drive to their destinations instead of fly. Justin Hoda drove his Toyota Yaris 500 miles to spend Thanksgiving on the Gulf Coast with family.

"Gas was good. It cost us maybe $25 to come down here in gas," said Hoda.

Many motorists say they anticipated heavy traffic. Kimberly Smith of Brandon, Miss. didn't have far to go, but was prepared in the event her three hour trip took a bit longer than usual.

"I got out pretty early on Wednesday, and it wasn't too bad. So it was a little heavy, but it wasn't too bad. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be," said Smith.

Drivers who are used to traveling far, say they usually make arrangements to avoid the traffic altogether.

"Drive at night and then try not to normally drive on the holiday, but this time we couldn't because of work," said Kirk Taylor.

Many of these motorists are planning to do it all again in less than a month for Christmas. Gas prices in Mississippi were a good deal below the national average of $2.14 a gallon.

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