More than 55 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday. AAA predicts the second-highest travel volume since they began tracking the numbers in 2000. Gas prices nationwide are averaging $2.59 a gallon, just under a full cent more expensive than at this same time last year. In Missouri, the average is $2.26 per gallon. If you are planning on traveling, MoDot is urging you to use extra caution and exercise patience during your commute. They say impaired driving, distracted driving, and heavy congestion all contribute to make the roads more dangerous during any holiday period. From 2013-2017, Missouri has averaged 16 deaths per year during the Thanksgiving period.