Holiday travel expected to be third busiest in last 22 years, winter storm and gas prices affecting travel plans

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Holiday travel this year is expected to be near record numbers.

According to AAA, the total number of travelers nationwide is expected to be about 112.7 million, approaching pre-pandemic figures. This is his 3.6 million increase from last year, the third-highest since 2000.

AAA spokesperson Jana Tidwell said about 32% of all Delawareans plan to travel this weekend, with 90% saying they will be traveling by car, but air travel and other modes of travel have also increased significantly. I’m here.

“Remember the time last year when people didn’t feel comfortable on buses, trains or even cruise ships,” she says. It is clear that traveling, especially by plane or other means of transport, has become more comfortable. ”

Tidwell adds that there are some unexpected factors in travel this year, including gas prices and plummeting temperatures.

“People are going to get surprise Christmas presents at the gas pump,” she says.

Prices per gallon in Delaware dipped below $3 on Thursday for the first time in 15 months, but winter storms complicated travel Thursday through Friday and temperatures dropped Friday night and Christmas Eve. It will go down to 10 degrees.

Tidwell advises travelers to check conditions from origin to destination and everywhere in between.

“Anyone traveling from now on should check their route,” she says. Departure time for the trip to beat the storm, if you have to wait or wait for the storm to pass.

Tidwell noted that hundreds of drivers were stranded for nearly 24 hours during a snowstorm on Virginia’s Interstate 95 earlier this year, providing travelers with food, water, blankets, first aid and other supplies. I advise packing an emergency bag with survival supplies.

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