More than 103 million Americans—the most on record—are expected to travel for the year-end holidays, according to AAA. This represents a 1.5 percent increase, or 1.5 million more people traveling, compared with last year. This comes despite one fewer travel day this holiday season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Friday, December 23 to Monday, January 2, 2017.

Most travelers will drive this holiday season The vast majority of travelers—93.6 million people—will take a holiday road trip, an increase of 1.5 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase by 2.5 percent, with more than 6 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will decrease slightly, to 3.5 million travelers.

New Year’s gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $27 billion at the gas pumps so far this year compared to the same period last year. Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.23, 23 cents more than the average price on New Year’s Day 2016 ($2.00). Most U.S. drivers will pay the second-cheapest New Year’s Day gas prices since 2009, when the national average was $1.62.

So with all these cars on the roads what can you do to stay SAFE and SANE!?!?!

  1. Leave plenty of time
  2. Don’t tailgate
  3. Have an Emergency Car Kit
  4. Have water and snacks on hand
  5. Get plenty of Sleep
  6. Wrap up warm and bring extra warm clothes for everyone riding in the car
  7. Make sure kids are entertained, weather it be good old fashioned car games or a tablet, a cranky child can ruin a road trip!
  8. Manage Stress
  10. Make sure your car is full of gas and has had all maintenance

So have fun this holiday season, and as always Drive Safe!

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