Travel data and tips for Thanksgiving

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Experts say more people will be traveling this holiday season, compared to recent years.  Ninety percent will be headed to their Thanksgiving destination by car, that's a four percent increase over last year.  Folks KFVS12 spoke to say they will be traveling about an hour on average.

"It's about 60 miles over to Kentucky to my girlfriend's house," said Keith Hency.

"I'm going to go up to Perryville because most of my family is from there and then Thursday night I'll be headed to Festus, MO," said Southeast Missouri State University student Ryan Jones.

Something to keep in mind before you head to Grandma's house is Wednesday and Sunday afternoons and evenings will be the busiest times.  If you can avoid traveling at these peak times, you'll have a more enjoyable trip.

Before loading up the car, clean it out.  That extra stuff can weigh down your car according to AAA, an extra 100 pounds could reduce miles per gallons up to 2 percent.

Make sure to give your car a quick tune up before you head out on the longer trips, or maybe your car isn't the perfect fit for a road trip, renting a car may be a better option.

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