More holiday travelers hit the road this Christmas to avoid travel delays

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SACRAMENTO — Some vacationers ran out of gas late Friday night and hit the road to miss as much traffic as possible.

Grandpa Brucen Ullon packed all the presents in a duct-taped container in the back of his truck. His silver sleigh was ready to ride from Georgetown to the San Francisco Bay Area.

“It will take about two and a half hours,” he said.

Ullon is one of the 102 million Americans expected to drive to vacation destinations this year. That’s 2 million more than he did a year ago.

At Sacramento International Airport (SMF), Maria Vazquez and her husband’s trip was initially delayed and then cancelled.

“Our flight was delayed, so they told us to come in a little later, and we did, and we got here, and they told us said they couldn’t make connecting flights from Sacramento to Las Vegas and from Las Vegas to Omaha,” she said.

According to FlightAware, 37 flights were canceled on Friday and 76 flights were delayed from SMF. This is largely due to extreme weather conditions across the country.

The AAA reports that ground and air travel has increased this year, but has not yet reached pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

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