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Thousands hit the road this Thanksgiving holiday

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FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More than a third of Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving.

Motorists are making a stop at the gas station on the busiest travel day of the year.

The car is packed and now holiday travelers are heading out to fill up their tanks before heading to Grandma's house.

According to AAA, nearly 44 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving holiday.

Some motorists we spoke with at Love's on Highway 80 in Flowood will at least be putting a few hundred miles on their odometers.

They're looking for the cheapest way to get to their destination.

Blake Amacker ran into lots of traffic coming from the coast Wednesday.

"We just came up from Gulfport going to Vicksburg to visit family. How much will you spend this holiday weekend on gas? Probably $150.00," said Amacker.

Trucker Kenneth Keys of Mobile will spend five hours on the road.

"After I deliver my load I'll be going home to my lovely wife and child and having a great dinner. After that I'm going to see my mom," said Keys.

"I'm only gonna have to do half a tank. It's a new car. It gets 30 miles to the gallon which I'm crazy about, but Memphis is only about two hours away, two or three hours away sot that should fill me up and take care of me for the whole weekend really," said Karen Johnson of Goodman while gassing up her Honda.

Experts recommend that you leave in plenty of time to arrive at your destination, factor in any construction along your route and put aside your mobile devices while behind the wheel.

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