AAA estimates that number will continue to drop. Drivers say it's been smooth, with little to no stops along the way. It might be the cheaper option, but drivers say it's definitely not the easiest.
"We keep the peace by each child having their own device," traveler Jenni Watkins said.
When Watkins decided to hit the highway she knew she had to be prepared.
"They just keep busy by listening to music, reading and watching little videos on you tube," Watkins said.
She isn't alone. 43 million people are traveling this Thanksgiving. 90% of those will be behind the wheel.
"I'm super glad I don't have to cook. And my mother-in-law can do that for me," Watkins said.
It's a light at the end of the tunnel for a lot of traveling families.
"It's been really simple to get on the roads and traffic has been flowing really well."
They say nice weather and "doable" gas prices help. These people are on the other end of it all. Hundreds anxiously waiting for big sisters and nieces to come home. Bill Youngren's wife has been in Sweden for the past two months.
"She's been back home doing a little teaching, visiting family and friends. I've just been sitting in the apartment all by myself," Youngren said.
To him, all of the time and money that's spent on traveling is worth it to have his wife home safe and sound.
"She's psyched. She's ready to be home."
Even though most people are driving, airport and train officials say they've still been swamped and it hasn't hurt business.