The average cost of a gallon of gas in Virginia right now is $3.10, below the national average of about $3.22.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Beth Lawton
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Nearly 2.7 million Virginia residents will go over the river and through the woods for Christmas and the New Year holiday this year, according to AAA. While this is only a slight increase from last year, it will still be a busier-than-average holiday season. “The fact that the number of Virginians expected to travel this year-end exceeds the decade high average by four percent illustrates the importance of being with loved ones for the holidays, regardless of a struggling economy,” said Martha Mitchell Meade, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. The 2012 year-end holiday travel season officially starts Saturday and continues through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Nationally, more than 88 million people will travel, mostly by car. Gas Prices Continue to …
Try traveling early in the morning to avoid traffic on Thanksgiving Day.
About 43.6 million people are planning to travel 50 miles or more for their Thanksgiving meal this year, according to AAA — and 90 percent of those people are traveling by car. While Northern Virginia is traffic-heavy throughout the holiday period, the day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day. To help you plan your travel, the Virginia Department of Transportation created this set of maps showing Thanksgiving traffic congestion from Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Unlike last year, the Beltway Express Lanes will be open for Thanksgiving, which may alleviate some of the Thanksgiving travel congestion on Wednesday. The 2011 maps show the heaviest travel in Northern Virginia last year, particularly around the …