Record-Breaking Holiday Travel Is Predicted By AAA

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Record-Breaking Holiday Travel Is Predicted By AAA

The 2016 AAA's year-end holiday travel forecast projects 103 million Americans traveling this year, the most since AAA began tracking holiday travel data in 2001.

The increase comes despite one fewer travel days during the holiday season.

Up to 103 million people will be on the move between December 23 and January 2.

"This year, more Americans will travel to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year than ever before", said AAA President Marshall Doney. The increase in travel is believed to be the result of additional consumer spending, improvements in the labor market, rising wages and low gas prices.

That's up more than 2 percent since a year ago.

In Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas, almost 100,000 residents will travel by auto, representing a 0.5 percent increase from 2015. They're expecting 1.5 percent more people nationwide to travel this year than last year. Additionally, most drivers will pay the second-cheapest price for gas in almost 10 years. Last year, gas prices averaged $2 nationally and $1.92 in OH during the holiday travel period.

But the AAA also said it expects to rescue more than 980,000 motorists from breakdowns during the season. Drivers should have their vehicles inspected by a trusted fix shop, such as one of the almost 7,000 AAA Approved Auto fix facilities across North America.

Holiday travel in all forms is forecast to reach the highest level on record in the next two weeks, according to AAA. For long trips, drivers should travel at times when normally awake, schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles, avoid heavy foods, travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving, and avoid medications that cause drowsiness or other impairment.

With so many travelers on the road, breakdowns are likely.

Automobile travel remains the dominant form of transportation, with 91 percent of American travelers (92 percent of OH travelers) driving to their destinations this holiday.

Motorists will find the cheapest gas in the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson areas with gas around $2.01 per gallon, as of Friday. The London-based information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during the major holidays.

Five million Georgians are included in that total, according to the organization.

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