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Record Holiday Travel Expected at Nation's Busiest Airports This Year

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The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that 115.2 million travellers will journey over 50 miles from home during the 10-day year-end holiday period in 2023.

This estimate signifies a 2.2% increase compared to 2022's holiday travel numbers. The 2023 projection is the second-highest number since AAA began documenting holiday travel in 2000.

The record still belongs to 2019, when 119 million people traveled over the Christmas and New Year seasons.

More Drivers Expected on Roads This Holiday Season

AAA approximates that 104 million holiday travelers will drive to their destinations this year. This prediction is a 1.8% increase over 2022, just shy of the 2019 record of 108 million drivers.

Congestion should be expected on highways across the country. Planning alternate routes and accounting for extra travel time will help reduce delays.

With more vehicles on the roads, safety is a priority. Checking tire pressure, fluid levels, battery life, and lights before a long trip can help avoid breakdowns. Mapping routes ahead of time, taking regular breaks to prevent fatigue, and eliminating distractions like cell phones also keep drivers and passengers safe.

Aim to hit the road when most people are home celebrating if you want to avoid heavy traffic.


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