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How many San Diegans are driving instead of flying this Thanksgiving?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Millions of traveling Americans didn't have to deal with airport screenings, but they might have to put up with bumper-to-bumper traffic. An estimated 40 million people are hitting the road this Thanksgiving -- 12 percent more than last year.

In 2006, about 80 percent of people traveling used our roads. Now, according to AAA, less people are flying and the number of people driving is now closer to 92 percent.

"We're looking at a very big increase from last year," Marie Montgomery of the Auto Club of Southern California said.

The Auto Club says that is because people who have money are willing to spend it just a little bit at a time.

"Typically it's really going to be a lot cheaper to drive anywhere than fly, especially for a short distance," Montgomery said.

Case in point, traveler Tony Kayyali.

"It's too expensive to fly, and I don't want to go through airport chaos," he said.

Kayyali was supposed to fly up to San Francisco to visit friends.

"That was the plan, but it got canceled," he said.

And Tony doesn't want to deal with the hassle of the roads.

"Eight to 10 hours in a vehicle is a bit too much," he said.

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