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.