Holiday traffic affects Texoma drivers' Thanksgiving plans

Published: Nov. 27, 2019 at 6:27 PM CST
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Thanksgiving may be Thursday, but Wednesday is one of the busiest travel days of the year.

According to AAA, about 3.8 million Texans will be on the roads traveling for Thanksgiving through the weekend.

"I'm going to stay in the right-hand lane and do the speed limit, and let the crazy people fly by me like they were in airplanes," driver Diane Brown said.

Diane Brown and Elsie Johnson are from Durant. They are traveling through Sherman to do some Thanksgiving shopping.

They say they have noticed the holiday traffic.

"There's a lot of traffic passing through," Johnson said.

Gas prices in the Sherman-Denison area are down right now at an average of $2.18, about six cents less than last week's average.

For Johnson, that is a welcome change.

"Sometimes Texas it'll be higher, Oklahoma will be lower then it's reversed, Oklahoma is higher right now and Texas is lower so that's why we stopped here to get gas," Johnson said.

AAA spokesperson Daniel Armbruster said 3.8 million Texans are expected to be on the road Wednesday through Sunday.

"It's the second-highest number AAA has seen since we started a Thanksgiving travel forecast," Armbruster said.

Armbruster said AAA started that travel forecast in 2000.

Brown said this number makes sense.

"People are traveling for the holidays this year just because it's cheaper than flying," Brown said.

Jake Cox lives in Cooke County and said he's choosing to stay home for the holidays.

"No traveling for me, it's too much, it's too crowded, too many people," Cox said.

AAA said they expect to be called to assist more than 14,000 drivers in Texas alone through the weekend.

They encourage people to check their tires and car batteries before heading out of town.

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