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Thanksgiving Travel Has Few Negative Factors

11/23/2011 07:47 PM ET

Thanksgiving Travel - Thanksgiving traffic converges on highway I-495 South just west of the nation’s capital, Nov. 23, 2011 in McLean, Virginia.

The American Automobile Association projects that 42.5 million people are likely to drive, fly, or take the train to their Thanksgiving gatherings, the largest number since the beginning of the recession.

You’ve heard the warnings: Don’t try to get anywhere on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving because it’s the busiest travel day of the year.

Yet despite all the “negative” facts - and with thoughts of turkey motivating your every move - you still fight through the masses to somehow make it in time before someone eats all the marshmallows off the sweet potato casserole.

However, making it to your destination in one piece might not be as miraculous a feat as you think.

According to government statistics published by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) in November 2003 (which appears to be the last time they’ve looked into this classic question), Thanksgiving eve is not the most traveled day of the year.

If you’re counting all forms of transportation, Thanksgiving Day is far more trafficked.

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