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Holiday travel to reach record high this year, report shows

More than 115.6 million American will travel by car this holiday season

If you’re driving to see family or friends between Dec. 20 and New Year’s Day you’re not alone, according to the most recent holiday travel numbers estimated by the AAA.

Vehicle travel is up about 3.9% from last year with an increase of almost 4.1 million more drivers and passengers than in 2018. Gas prices are generally down but drivers should expect that predictable bump-up in price that seems to precede all holidays.

Plane travel is also up this year. AAA predicts nearly 7 million Americans will be flying this holiday season, the most since 2003.

“Travelers should be getting used to crowded highways and airports, as this marks the eighth straight year of new record-high travel volumes for the year-end holidays," AAA Travel vice president Paula Twidale said.

What’s the worst day for travel this holiday season? INRIX, a traffic data analysis company, predicts it will be Dec. 26. Company officials say afternoon traffic around major metropolitan areas could be twice as congested as normal.

Take a look at the infographic below to see the 2019-2020 holiday travel forecast. Viewing on the News 6 app? Click here to better view the graphic.


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