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Holiday Travelers Head Out to for Thanksgiving

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The busiest driving day of the year is winding down - as nationwide more than 43 million Americans are traveling for Thanksgiving.

An estimated thirty nine million Americans are buckling up and heading off for the biggest meal - and the biggest shopping weekend - of the year. For many it means a full car - like one woman, who isn't just driving herself to the Quad Cities - but her dogs as well.

"He usually sits in the backseat and lays down, sometimes he whines, and the little one sits on the floorboard for the rest of the trip," says Michelle Jenkins.

Triple A reports ninety percent of travelers are still going by car, so many drivers say they're making sure they make it to their destinations safely. Trooper Mike Kindhart with Illinois State Police says - with such a large number of drivers on the road...keep a few things in mind.

"Giving yourself that extra time to get to that travel destination, and just pay attention," Kindhart said.  

But that's not all that's on drivers' minds. They're also watching gas prices. Triple A reports gas has dipped this fall, but it's still right around last year's average - between $3.25 and 3$.40 per gallon - and last year, that was a record high.

"I've seen it worse," said Jenkins.  

But drivers say - not even pain at the pump will keep them from enjoying their family and friends, as well as the food.

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