More Americans hit the road this holiday

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Travel times in the most congested cities could be as much as four times longer, according to AAA. (AAA photo)

HOLT, Fla., Dec. 18, 2018—More than one-third of Americans will travel this holiday season according to the American Automobile Association.

The association is predicting a record-breaking 112.5 million travelers taking to the nation’s runways, roads and rails.

This is a 4.4 percent increase from last year and the most since AAA began tracking holiday travel.

More than 102 million people will pack up their cars for their holiday road trip causing travel times in the most congested cities in the U.S. could be as much as four times longer than a normal trip, according to AAA.

“’Tis the season for holiday travel, and more Americans than ever will journey to spend time with friends and family or choose to take a vacation,” said Bryan Shilling, managing director, AAA Travel products and services. “With a record-breaking one-third of the country choosing to travel this holiday, roadways and airports are sure to be busy.”

The 6.7 million people who will travel by air this year is the highest level in 15 years.

A recent drop to the cheapest national gas price averages of the year, combined with rising disposable income, is motivating more Americans to hit the road this holiday season, according to AAA.

“Strong economic growth fueled by robust consumer spending continues to drive strong demand for seasonal travel,” Shilling said.

Gas prices averaged $2.46 for the first week of December, which is two cents per gallon less than one year ago.

Prices continued to drop throughout the month with the national gas average at $2.37.

This week, states are seeing gas price averages as much as 12 cents cheaper.

Unfortunately, Florida, up a cent, is the only state to see gas prices increase.

Missouri has the cheapest gas this week, at $1.96 per gallon.

AAA release

 

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