Holiday season travel expected to increase

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Tallahassee, Florida - Are you ready to hit the road for a holiday getaway?

If so, you'll be joining more than 93 million Americans expected to travel over the next week.

AAA predicts travel this holiday season will be up 1.6 percent over last year. This year's travel period runs from December 22 through January 1.

AAA says 90 percent of those travelers will drive to their destinations and they'll travel farther on average.

The auto club surveyed Americans and found they plan to travel an average of 760 miles this holiday season, up about five percent from last year.

With so many people on the roads in the coming days, AAA spokeswoman Brenda Smith reminds drivers to practice safe driving and not text while driving.

"We at AAA are sending out the plea that you will not do that if you're tempted to do that. Please pull over from the road so that you can keep yourself and your family safe and the rest of the motorists that are traveling this holiday season to see family and friends."

In the days before Christmas, a lot of folks are running around trying to get things done. Smith says try not to let the hectic pace get to you.

"That can create a lot of panic to the motorist. So we just want to make sure if you haven't wrapped up your shopping, you do that as soon as possible because once you get behind the wheel of a vehicle you want to be fully rested. Make sure that you get a good night's sleep the day before, have all your travel arrangements made by now because anything that you do at the last minute can have you where you're not really paying attention to details and will put you at high risk along with the other motorists."

AAA's survey also finds air travel will increase this holiday season. More than five million people are expected to board planes for their vacation. That's up about five percent over last year.

Dave Heller

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