Texas ranks as most dangerous state for Thanksgiving travel

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AAA Texas projects nearly 4 million Texans will travel away from home this Thanksgiving, the highest number in a dozen years.

A recent study also named Texas as the deadliest state for Thanksgiving travel.

With 50.9 million Americans estimated to be traveling, 1.6 million more than last year, now's the time to stop and make sure you're traveling safely.

"I think the traffic's been pretty tight," driver Carolyn Whitaker said.

Increased traffic jams and packed airports are in the forecast for this Thanksgiving travel season.

Drivers like Carolyn Whitaker said they've already noticed the congestion.

"I-35 on-ramp was backed up for about a mile I would say," Whitaker said.

Even though gas prices are up nearly 30 cents from last year at this time, it's not stopping drivers from hitting the roads.

"The reason for that includes a strong economy, consumer confidence is up, also we're seeing some of the cheapest airfare we've seen since about 2013," Daniel Armbruster with AAA Texas said.

Driving remains the most popular means of transportation for Thanksgiving weekend.

"There's gonna be a lot of traffic out this weekend, starting today," DPS trooper Mark Tackett said.

Texas has been named the deadliest state for Thanksgiving travel and Houston the most dangerous city. This was a study from ASecureLife.com, averaging fatality crash data over the last three years.

DPS Trooper Mark Tackett said they take these statistics very seriously.

"All available troopers will be on the highways this weekend and throughout the holiday period, trying to make it a little bit safer for people to travel," Tackett said.

AAA predicts they'll have to rescue 330,000 stranded motorists across the U.S this weekend. Armbruster said to make sure your vehicle is up to date on maintenance.

The key message overall: stay alert.

"I'm just paying attention to people around me," Whitaker said.

"We want everyone to slow down, make sure everyone is buckled up inside the vehicle, limit all distractions, don't be texting and driving and drive sober," Tackett said.

Not only do they advise not to text and drive, but it also now against the law in Texas and Oklahoma.

Travel could take more than three times longer in some U.S. cities over the holiday week, so you may want to give yourself some extra time to get to your destination.