By: Brittany Comak


Twitter: @BComakABC6

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - Across the country Wednesday about 55 million people are traveling to celebrate the thanksgiving holiday.

"Every year for Thanksgiving we travel," said Kristin Areson, who was flying to Florida.

More than 17,000 others are expected to travel by train. A spokesperson with Amtrak said they have not been experiencing significant delays.

Another 49 million will be on the roads.

"You already can tell that the holidays are here because the traffic was outrageous," said driver Walter Tavares.

Two and a half million of those drivers will be right here in New England, likely in bumper to bumper traffic. The most cars are expected on the roads this year since 2005, according to AAA.

"It already feels extra heavy," said driver Melanie Andrade.

With so many on the roads, authorities want to remind you to put down the cell phone, and focus on driving.

"Think about the opportunity for chaos on the road when people aren't concentrating," said Lloyd Albert of AAA Northeast.

One family headed to Vermont expects an extra hour and a half of drive time than it would normally take.

They have a message to the millions of others they'll be on the road with.

"Stay calm, it's a holiday! Hopefully you're with people you that you like," said Elissa Pensacerros. "And take snacks!"

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