Florida's roads are going to get a good work out over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. AAA is out with its Thanksgiving travel forecast and the auto club is predicting 2.9 million Floridians will hit the road or head to their local airport, train or bus station to get out of town- the most since 2005.
"So a lot of folks will be out on the roadway- about 3% more than last year," AAA's Mark Jenkins said. "You can certainly expect a lot of delays, especially on Wednesday (before Thanksgiving) which is what we're expecting to be the busiest travel day of this holiday."
Jenkins says the strong economy is motivating Floridians to travel this Thanksgiving in near-record numbers.
"That just gives people more money in their pockets and they feel a little bit better about spending it and of course with this being the holiday travel season, everyone wants to take a trip- whether that be to go someplace nice to spend with family or meet up with relatives they haven't seen for some time."
Jenkins says it also helps that gas prices have remained low during the past month as Floridians finalized their travel plans.