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AAA Carolinas predicts increased motor travel over Thanksgiving

AAA Carolinas is expecting a slight increase this year in Thanksgiving holiday traffic. George Olsen has more.

During the Wednesday to Sunday Thanksgiving holiday period the Charlotte based motor club is expecting about 1,170,000 North Carolinians to hit the road, up about 36,000 from last year. They’ll be greeted by cheaper gas prices than they saw the last major travel holiday. A gallon of regular is currently averaging $3.23, down 28 cents from the September Labor Day holiday. Prices are also down seven cents from a year ago. If they travel to neighboring states, prices are even lower ranging from $3.07 in South Carolina to $3.13 in Virginia. While motor traffic for the holiday will be up, AAA predicts fewer North Carolinians will travel by air, even though air fares are down 1% from a year ago. I’m George Olsen.

George Olsen is a 1977 Havelock High School graduate. He received his B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1982 where he got his first taste of non-commercial radio working for their student station WUSC. After graduation he worked about five years in commercial radio before coming to work at Public Radio East where he has remained since outside of a nearly 3-year stint as jazz and operations coordinator at WUAL in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the early 1990s. On his return to eastern North Carolina he hosted classical music for Public Radio East before moving into the Morning Edition host position and now can be heard on All Things Considered. He also hosts and produces The Sound, five hours of Americana, Roots Rock and Contemporary Folk weekday evenings on PRE Public Radio East News & Ideas, and is a news and feature producer for Public Radio East.