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Record numbers expected on highways for Thanksgiving travel

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With gas prices falling for drivers, more people will be hitting the road for Thanksgiving this year.

More than one million Washingtonians will travel and record numbers will be in their cars, according to Lon Anderson of AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Anderson says, "91 percent will be on the highway. That number is usually like 85-86 percent."

Nationally, AAA forecasts 43.6 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That's a small increase from 2011.

Despite gas prices that set calendar day records almost every day since August, road trips continue to make up the bulk of Thanksgiving travel.

In Virginia, the average price of gasoline stands at $3.25 a gallon, which is four cents less than a year ago.

Air travel is expected to decrease about 3 percent this Thanksgiving holiday. But the group says those traveling by air will find lower airfares.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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