It looks like it's going to be a busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend on the roads.

AAA is predicting that nearly 47 million people will travel more than 50 miles from home from Wednesday through Sunday.

Ed Welsh, General Manager of Central New York AAA, says that's the highest number since 2007 and it's being driven by lower gas prices.  Welsh says motorists will be paying about a dollar a gallon less than they were at this time last year.

The average price in the Utica-Rome market is $2.29 a gallon and Welsh says he expects gas prices to continue to go down for the rest of the year.

Welsh says if you're traveling by car, make sure your vehicle is travel ready.  He says AAA is expected to rescue over 360,000 people this weekend.  Welsh say the top three issues will be flat tires, batteries and lock outs.

Welsh says there's not much you can do about lock outs, but you can prevent tire and battery issues. He says make sure to check your tire pressure before you leave and have your battery tested if it's three years old or older.


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