Decline In Holiday Travel Predicted

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Despite icy conditions, drivers will still hit the road for one of the busiest travel days of the year.

AAA estimates a slight decline in traffic this week.

If it wasn't for low gas prices, some drivers say it would be hard for them to make short trips to prepare for the holiday.

More than 63,000,000 Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home for christmas. Although that is a lot of people, this is the first decline in holiday travelers since 2002.

The roads in Eastern Kentucky are getting busier as we get closer to christmas, but many are not heading out of town.

"A lot of people are out just two days before christmas and a lot of men like me wait until the last minute .. so a lot of us are out there," said John Goff.

Drivers say with more traffic on the roads, their biggest worry is the other people behind the wheel.

"You just have to watch out for the one behind you and the one in front of you," said Sherry Baker.

AAA predicts a 2% drop in holiday travel this year. Some drivers in Perry County say they were pleasantly surprised when they got out Tuesday.

"The traffic is not too bad. I figured it would be a lot worse than it is, but so far it's not too bad," said Randy Napier.

"The average price for a gallon of unleaded in Kentucky is $1.62. That's compared to last year's average of $2.89.

AAA says that's the lowest price at the pump in five years.

"Oh yeah, I'm glad Santa took care of us for Christmas, that's for sure. It's a lot nicer now, the gas prices are," added Napier.

A popular trend for many this year is letting family come to them.

Without question, the economy is a big factor in the decision to travel this year.

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