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Record Holiday Travel Expected

KSAL Staff - December 24, 2015 8:53 am

The roads and highways are busy with holiday travelers.  A record number of travelers is anticipated.

AAA Kansas projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record.

Nearly one in three Americans will take a trip this holiday season, with 100.5 million expected to journey 50 miles or more from home. This represents a 1.4 percent increase over last year and the seventh consecutive year of year-end holiday travel growth.

Those who do travel are paying a little less at the pump. National average average gas prices dropped below $2 per gallon this week for the first time since March 25, 2009. In Central Kansas the average price is $1.68 for a gallon of regular unleaded.

AAA estimates that cheaper gas prices have saved Americans more than $115 billion on gasoline so far this year, which works out to more than $550 per licensed driver.

The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, December 23, 2015 to Sunday, January 3, 2016.