AAA Projects More Than 115 Million Americans Will Travel for Holidays

15 Décembre, 2019, 23:23 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Holiday season traffic in New York City

AAA expects year-end holiday travel numbers to break records for the eighth year in a row (seventh year in Ohio), with 115.6 million Americans (4.7 million Ohioans) traveling at least 50 miles from home between December 21 and January 1.

INRIX anticipates that Thursday, December 26 will be the worst day for road congestion, with afternoon delays reaching almost double congestion-free drive times in many major US cities, including New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. However, it's not all bad news as the global transportation analytics company is predicting only marginal delays throughout the holiday week.

According to AAA, 6.1 million residents of the Sunshine State, 300,000 more than a year ago, will travel for the holidays, again a record high.

For the 104.8 million Americans traveling by automobile, AAA predicts only marginal delays throughout the holiday week.

A record 115.6 million Americans are expected to travel from Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1.

Increased traffic can make the holidays even more stressful.

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The national gas price average steadily declined in November, paving the way for even cheaper prices for the year-end holidays. AAA says that it is likely to respond to more than 850,000 stranded motorists or accidents during the holiday drive time. AAA recommends motorists take their vehicles to a trusted fix facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out on a road trip. And keep in mind to slow down and move over for stopped emergency vehicles at the roadside. It's the law in all 50 states.

The Christmas holiday week is just eight days away, and AAA is predicting it will be a very busy one on the nation's highways. Average ticket prices range between $593 and $639. Those that fly between Christmas and New Year's will pay a premium, with December 26 being the most expensive day to fly.

"With kids out of school and many Americans taking extended time off for the holidays, drivers will experience only incremental delays throughout the week". This is the most in almost 20 years since AAA began tracking in 2000. AAA Three Diamond hotel prices have increased 1% to $153, while AAA Two Diamond hotels will average $119, 2% less than a year ago.

Flyers, on average, are paying a premium to travel during the holidays, AAA said.

Warm weather locales and New York City will be the most popular domestic destinations for the holidays with the theme parks in Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, leading the way, according to the data.



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