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Thanksgiving Travel Expected to Increase

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More than 43.6 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving this year, according to a AAA projection, and nearly 90 percent of them will go by car.

Here in Florida, more than 2.2 million people will take a trip for the holiday, and two million of them will drive. Meaning the roads are expected to be even busier than last year.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is expected to be the busiest travel day, with Sunday or Monday being the common return dates. With so many planning to be on the roads at the same time, Panama City Police Department says it's important to drive safely.

"Obviously you have a lot of traffic," says Officer Jeff Roger with PCPD. "You need to slow down, take your time. Be aware of your surroundings, and other traffic,what they call defensive driving."

Rogers says make sure you have checked the air in your tires, your breaks, and get an oil change if needed. While driving however, avoid distractions.

"Distractions in the car, GPS, cell phone, children in the back seat, any of those can be a distraction that you need to be aware of," says Rogers.

Another thing that may come as a relief to many drivers is decreasing gas prices through the holiday, according to AAA.