Thanksgiving travelers are ready to roll from Quad Cities

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The day before Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year.  Planes, trains and automobiles will be on the move.

"It's going to be nice just to be able to get home," said Steve Stewart, taking a break from driving back to St. Peters, Missouri.

Like Stewart, most everybody will travel by car this Thanksgiving weekend.  Nearly 90 percent of those getting away will celebrate with a road trip.

Related: Before you travel for the holiday, read this.

"It can get a little nerve-racking, especially if they cut you off or something," said David Stewart, driving to Columbus, Ohio.  "You've really got to be aware."

That's why the Iowa State Patrol is stepping up its presence this weekend. Trooper Dan Loussaert is keeping an eye on Interstate 80.

"We have more problems with the first few snows," he said. "And this holiday, people are going to travel."

That's thanks to lower gas prices.  Drivers are filling up with the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.

AAA's Gas Gauge offers more good news.  In the Quad Cities, a gallon of regular averages $2.68.  That's down .30 from 2014 prices.

Air travel should also hit the highest level since 2007.  Despite stormy weather eastward and higher fares, more than three million passengers will take off nationwide.

Some are expecting the best, but preparing for the worst.

"We brought things to do in case we spend Thanksgiving in Chicago," said Norma Hansen, en route to Washington, D.C.

Back on the road, common sense will keep drivers safer.

"Put your cell phone down," Trooper Loussaert continued. "Pay attention. Buckle up. Watch your speed, and increase your following distance.  Drive to survive."

The best part is getting there safely.

"The fireplace," Stewart concluded.  "Just sitting with my wife and daughter, and just chilling."

Sounds like a Thanksgiving to remember on the road.

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