AAA estimates that nearly 102 million Americans will drive to their vacation destinations this year, despite a rollercoaster ride in gas prices.
There are 2 million more drivers this year compared to last year. While this year’s car trips are on par with his 2018, in 2019 he saw 108 million Americans drive out of town during the holiday season. This was the best year ever.
“This year, Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Sundays, which means longer travel times,” said Paula Twydale, senior vice president of travel for AAA. “Hybrid work schedules allow people to work remotely at their destination and have more flexibility with departure and return dates, so more people are taking advantage of long weekends to travel.”
The best and worst times to drive over the Christmas holidays
If you’re traveling by car this Christmas and New Year, be prepared for congestion on American interstate highways. Data shared by AAA, he said, from INRIX, a traffic analytics company, processed the numbers to determine when and where the traffic was the busiest in some of the country’s largest cities.
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