Wednesday Expected To be Heaviest Travel Day

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- AAA says Wednesday is expected to be the heaviest travel day of the week.  Some 43 million Americans are planning to get out of town during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Of that number, 39 million will drive.

You probably won't feel as much pain when you pull up to the pump. That's because on average - Missouri has the lowest gas prices in the country.

That's of course is good news. The bad news is this is one of the deadliest weeks of the year for highway drivers.

Billy Putnam will probably fill his gas tank a couple of times before reaching his destination to celebrate Thanksgiving.

AAA says 39 million Americans will jump into their cars and RVs this week then hit the road for the holiday. That figure is up slightly compared to the same time last year. If you're traveling in Missouri, you will save a few pennies at the pump.

You may not be prepared for the high volume of traffic or the number of crashes. Experts say Thanksgiving week is one of the deadliest of the year, mainly because people will drive late at night, while exhausted, and under the influence of alcohol.

Billy Putnam says he's aware of the inherent risks associated with holiday travel.  He's making plans to keep his family safe.

Some law enforcement agencies say they'll be out in force this week in an effort to keep drivers safe.

They'll be looking for drunk drivers and drivers not wearing seatbelts.