According to the a recent Wall Street Journal story, airfares on tickets sold for Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks have risen 9.4 and 7.3 percent, respectively, compared with last year. On the other hand, CNN Money reports that gas prices are falling with nearly 20 percent of gas stations nationwide charging less than $3 per gallon.
Going by car to your holiday destination offers a number of practical advantages. You can come and go as you please, pack as much as you want, avoid long ticket counter and security lines, and better enjoy the ride. Because a family of four can travel 1,000 miles round-trip by car for about the cost of one airline ticket, driving is the sensible economic option.
The Car Care Council recommends a pre-trip vehicle inspection to avoid the unexpected cost and inconvenience of breaking down miles away from home. For more information, visit www.carcare.org and check out the free digital Car Care Guide.
Rich White is Executive Director of the Car Care Council.