MORGANTOWN \u2014\u00a0You can expect busier roads than normal this Thanksgiving, according to the expert forecasters at AAA.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s going to be the most traveled Thanksgiving \u2014 we\u2019re projecting \u2014 since 2005,\u201d AAA\u2019s Jim Garrity told WAJR\u2019s Morgantown AM. \u201cNationwide, we\u2019re talking more than 54 million.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe 54.2 million projected by AAA are people who they expect to travel at least 50 miles away from home for Thanksgiving, a near five percent increase compared to 2017.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhat that really means for everybody, that\u2019s going to be five percent more people than were on the roads last year,\u201d Garrity said.\r\n\r\nNearly 10 million holiday travelers in this region are expected, including around nine million drivers. This happens to coincide with an ongoing fall in gas prices, which average $2.629 per gallon in West Virginia this week.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s almost like just in the nick of time gas prices have been coming down,\u201d Garrity said. \u201cUsually, after Labor Day you see prices start to fall. This year was kind of an outlier with crude oil as expensive as it\u2019s been.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor those traveling in-state, Accuweather meteorologist Elliot Abrams believes most should avoid potentially inclement weather. For those traveling north and east into neighboring states, he offered less certain.\r\n\r\n\u201cAcross PA and Northern Ohio into New York state, there could be those dangerous snow squalls,\u201d he told WAJR.\r\n\r\nGarrity reminded listeners that around 360,000 motorists are stranded annually by car troubles during the holiday season.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe top three calls we always get when it comes to these holiday travels \u2014 dead batteries, flat tires, and lockouts.\u201d\r\n\r\nAAA predicts that drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion on the roadways during the early evening commute periods before Thanksgiving. The best days to travel will include Thanksgiving Day and the following two days.\r\n\r\nSunday, this year Nov. 25, is considered one of the most congested travel days annually.