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Millions will hit the road

Millions will hit the road

Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
By Kris Dudley kdudley@examiner-enterprise.com
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Updated at 8:04 AM

Travelers, perhaps more comfortable with their bank accounts than in years past, are taking to the skies, rails and roads in larger numbers to see family and friends this holiday season.

AAA expects a four percent increase in travel this holiday season, AAA Oklahoma spokesman Mark Madeja said.

Travelers, totaling 112 million, will take some sort of transportation within 50 miles of their home to visit friends and family while 102 million will drive to their destinations during Christmas.

“It’s the largest year-end travel forecast we’ve had since we’ve been keeping records in 2001,” Madeja said.

Inexpensive gas, more disposable income and a general sense of well-being about the economy are what factored into the increase, Madeja said.

“It’s the perfect storm for these numbers to set up,” he said.

Gas prices have fallen for 10-straight weeks in the United States. The national average has fallen to $2.36 per gallon this week, which is the lowest since August 2017, according to data Gusbuddy.com data compiled from more than 10 million individual price reports. The lowest gas price in 31 states is now under $2 per gallon... FULL ARTICLE

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