Thanksgiving Travel by Car Saves Money and Headaches

With gas prices dropping and airlines making drastic cuts to the number of flights they will offer over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Car Care Council suggests that driving may not only save you money, but will also save you from plenty of travel headaches.

According to USA Today, “airlines will offer almost 3,000 fewer domestic flights a day during the Thanksgiving season, promising fewer choices, fuller planes and higher fares for millions of Americans. Compared with last Thanksgiving season, there will be 11% fewer flights – 2.6 million fewer seats – on non-stop domestic routes from, the Thursday before Thanksgiving, through the Sunday afterward.”

“It is going to be very stressful to fly this holiday season. Fewer flights and full planes mean more delays, missed connections and canceled flights. That doesn’t paint a pretty picture for those thinking about flying,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Driving is simply more convenient and less hectic than flying, and with improved gas prices, the cost of driving is a much better deal. The cost for a family of four traveling by car is about the same as one person traveling by air.”

Beside the obvious cost savings, going by car offers a number of advantages over flying, including:

  • Leave when you want from where you want
  • No airport parking 
  • No waiting in long ticket counter and security lines  
  •  No weather delays 
  • Pack whatever and as much as you want 
  • Stop and stretch any time 
  • More and better meal options 
  • No rental car or taxi expenses  
  • More legroom and overall comfort 
  •  No strangers sitting next to you 
  • Take your pet 
  • Enjoy the ride

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information or to receive a copy of the council’s new Car Care Guide for motorists, visit