Navigating the traffic of the year’s busiest travel days

Navigating the traffic of the year’s busiest travel days

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - If you’re looking to travel for Thanksgiving, prepare for traffic.

An estimated 54.3 million Americans are traveling at least 50 miles from home for the holiday--the highest since 2005.

Many Americans started toward their destination Tuesday. At airports across the U.S., a record 30.6 million passengers will travel by air during the Thanksgiving holiday, up from 29 million last year.

Mississippi has been need the second worst dangerous state for holiday travel, while Arkansas was named fifth, according to report, from A Secure Life.

Gas prices are another thing to be thankful for this year. Gas prices in Tennessee dropped another eight cents last week. The national average has dropped to $2.62.

As you drive through the Mid-South, you might see some extra officers on patrol.

Law enforcement is implementing "The I-40 Challenge," which consists of increased state police and highway patrol agencies.

In Tennessee, I-40 enforcement will increase during the Thanksgiving holiday through Sunday.

In anticipation of heavy traffic, Mississippi and Arkansas Highway Patrols will also implement Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement, all in an effort to prevent deadly accidents and impaired driving.

Mississippi has been need the second worst dangerous state for holiday travel, while Arkansas was named fifth, according to report, from A Secure Life.

As for the forecast, mild weather will accompany most Americans...but it will be brutally cold in the Northeast.

The busiest projected travel days of the year are Wednesday and Sunday.

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