TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Wednesday is the busiest travel day of the Thanksgiving holiday, so AAA is urging you to allow extra time for your trip.
Highways are crowded as a projected 43 million Americans hit the road for a getaway. That projection is up slightly from last year. AAA reports leisure travel is up for the fourth straight year for Thanksgiving.
Brenda Smith of the AAA Auto Club Group says 90 percent of travelers are driving to their destinations. In Florida, that translates to more than two million motorists traveling for the holiday.
Smith says one of the main safety tips this weekend, whether you're driving, flying or traveling another way, is to leave extra time for your trip.
"Because we all like to stay until the last minute, which creates panic. And also expect travel delays because where you're going, there's going to be weather factors so you just need to make sure that you're monitoring weather and if you're flying that you're monitoring your schedules because they can change."
Also monitor highways for stranded motorists.
Florida enforces the Move Over law, which requires drivers to vacate the lane closest to a vehicle on the side of the road.
"That law is there to protect law enforcement, the responder, also the motorist and the motorists that are still traveling. So you just need to make sure that you're aware of that law and keep an eye out because you can receive a ticket."
AAA and Bud Light are also teaming up to offer the Tow to Go program this weekend.
It offers a free tow and ride within a 10-mile radius to a safe place. Call 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO or 1-855-286-9246.
First Coast News