As usual, Thanksgiving is looking to be a busy holiday for travel, especially on the roads of White Plains, New York and other parts of the country.

In fact, according to the American Automobile Association, or AAA, this year, there will be the most Americans traveling more than 50 miles for the holiday since 2005, more than a decade. This due in large part to a strong economy across the country, which has left more money in the wallets of the average American household for things like a Thanksgiving trip.

Apparently, with current economic boom, even higher gas prices are not discouraging people from driving to see family or even go on a vacation. The AAA predictions about 48.5 million people will travel to their Thanksgiving destinations by car, which is a 5 percent increase over last year’s numbers.

While it is probably worth celebrating that economic times are good enough to let people travel more this holiday, it is important to be aware that with the increase in highway travel comes an increase in traffic.

In some locations, the roads may be four times more congested than they usually are, meaning traffic jams may occur even in the absence of an accident and even in places where traffic flow is normally good.

This is just one of many reasons why drivers who are going somewhere in the upcoming days need to be sure that they are awake and alert while they are behind the wheel and that are paying attention to the road, particularly in the event of any unexpected backup on the highway If they fail to do so, their victims may be able to recover their losses via a personal injury claim.