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Gas prices, number of travelers down this Thanksgiving

Posted November 26, 2008

— AAA Carolinas predicts that fewer people in North and South Carolina will travel this Thanksgiving holiday than last year.

For those hitting the road, lower gas prices and sunny skies are on their side. Wednesday will be mostly sunny and cool with highs in the low 50s.

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The travel services organization said it expects about 25,000 fewer motorists and 21,000 fewer air passengers in the Carolinas to travel more than 50 miles from home this year than did in 2007.

That's the first Thanksgiving travel downturn in six years.

An estimated 1.8 million people in North Carolina and South Carolina will still travel, however.

Gas prices in both states are less than half of what they were two months ago, when prices hit $4 a gallon following Hurricane Ike.

Prices are down by more than a dollar compared with last Thanksgiving.


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  • teacher-mom Nov 26, 2008

    I am thankful the price of gas is down.

  • SEOpro Nov 26, 2008

    Aw Nashville, that's just everybody running to the liquour store and back.

  • nashville Nov 26, 2008

    Whoever reported a slow down on travel this Thanksgiving has'nt been on I-95 the last couple of days.Its a madhouse!

  • yabbadabbadooo Nov 26, 2008

    Ditto on the drivers that can't slow down comments.

    It's good there will be less drivers out there - it's the one holiday every business, every school, everybody - has that falls on the same day and has working days around it (many don't take extended vacation days like they do at christmas). That means that everyone is out there driving.... every year, like clockwork, the traffic backs up through greensboro in a way you won't see any other day of the year.

    That's today! The day before thanksgiving.

    Sunday will be bad too. Not as bad though.

  • offconstantly Nov 26, 2008

    ha! raleigh commuters slow down?! thats like asking a dog not to lick itself. its a nascar race track out there every morning on 64 bypass. im going 75mph and getting my doors blown off. people are not going to change. im saving 23 bucks on my fillups now than a month and a half ago. now thats a big difference

  • dohicky Nov 26, 2008

    I for one slowed down and drove less when the price went sky high. I have not reverted back to my old habits and will not. Hopefully everyone will do the same. I don't understand why the 70 mph speed limit wasn't reduced. It should be because this makes a great difference - I know because that is one thing I did. Slow down.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Nov 26, 2008

    Let us learn from the mistake in the 1970s and 1980s when we didnt learn from our first oil crisis.

  • Libandproud Nov 26, 2008

    I hope that Americans continue to cut down on gasoline consumption.....I worry that we'll revert to our old wasteful habits now that gasoline is affordable again. This is a good time to start breaking the grip of foreign oil. I'm proud to be a part of an industry (remanufactured toner cartridges) that saves over 20 million gallons of oil each year. Hopefully the future will see additional "green" industries, continued conservation, and development of alternative energy sources. With any luck we'll see Exxon-Mobil asking for a bailout within the next year!

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Nov 26, 2008

    The people have taken a beating in the wallet over the past 3 years from super high gas prices and high grocery bills and they just aren't letting go of their money like they used to (including myself! I've become REALLY stingy with my money). Not to mention the job market is just in complete oblivion right now.

    However, on the bright side, the national unemployment rate is still under 7%. Correct me if I'm wrong on this figure. But, where I work, I have been unbillable for the past 2 weeks and that's not a good feeling at all. My wife is trying desperately to find another job as well to help make end meet.

  • ghines Nov 26, 2008

    The headline should read "Consumers continue to
    It took $4 gas prices to wake people up and it is
    great to to see people are continuing to reduce
    the amount of fuel they use.
    Lets all hope it continues until we break free of
    our dependence on oil. It's all about having desposable income!!!