The AAA predicts that this year’s Christmas travel season will be the busiest in 6 years, with 93.3 million Americans to hit the road.
According to AAA, 93.3 million US citizens will travel during the Christmas season this year, or 1.6% more compared with the same period last year and with only 400,000 under the 2006 record. Since travelling by plane at an acceptable price has become quite difficult, more and more people choose to travel by car, therefore the highways will be busier than ever.
AAA says that between December 22nd and January 1st, a record 84.4 million people will be driving at least 50 miles, which is 90.5% of holiday travelers, an increase from 89.3 in 2006. AAA also says that the average gas price will vary between $3.20 and $3.40 a gallon by New Year’s Day. The company also estimates that between December 17th and January 6th, almost 15 million people will travel by plane.
“The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick off the New Year with a vacation,” say AAA president and CEO Robert Darbelnet.