Holiday Travelers Expected to Set Another New Record, AAA Says
17 December, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Lester Mason
The study also found that drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion before the holiday week on December 20 and 21. That's up 3.1 percent from past year, Most of these Americans-97.4 million of them-will drive while 6.4 million will fly and 3.6 million will travel by train, bus or cruise ships.
Air travel now accounts now for 5.9 percent of all travel, following four consecutive years of share increases, AAA said. The growth comes despite the fact that this year's 10-day year-end holiday travel period is one day shorter than last year. "We've seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long".
"Across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend - Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving - and we project the same for the year-end holiday period", said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. If your schedule permits, traveling on the holiday itself often results in fewer cars on the road as well.
Travel times during the holiday week could be as much as three times longer than the normal trip, according to AAA. Of the more than 107 million travelers on the move, 97.4 million will drive. "Our advice to drivers is to avoid peak times altogether or consider alternative routes". So far this December, the price for gasoline is 28 cents more than it was a year ago.
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A new AAA report predicts a record-breaking 107.3 million Americans will be hitting the roads, rails and skies this year - leading potential pandemonium on the heaviest travel days. The only offset is that rental vehicle rates are expected to rise 11% to an average $74 a day. At $165, the average end of year holiday airfare for a round-trip flight for the top 40 domestic routes is at a five-year low, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index.
"No matter where you're headed for the holidays, it's important to make safety a priority", said Amy Stracke, the executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation and the managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA and the Auto Club Group.
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