AAA expecting a record number of Ohioans to travel for the holidays. 3.5 million Ohioans will join 94.5 million Americans in traveling over 50 miles or more from home.
The year-end holiday travel period is the most traveled holiday period, mainly because it’s typically the longest. This year, it spans 12 days and covers two weekends.
"We think that extra day is the really the main reason why we're looking at an increase in travel this year over last," said AAA Ohio's Kimberly Schwind.
Christmas is also the least volatile of all travel holidays, because travelers do not typically let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays.
Year-end travel numbers have gradually improved with the economy over the past few years. Nationally, this year’s numbers will be the highest in the past decade, with nearly 30 percent of all Americans traveling this holiday.
The vast majority of travelers will take to the highway. AAA expects 85.8 million Americans and 3.23 million Ohioans to drive to their destination.
Gas prices are averaging about $3.11 in Ohio right now. That's not off much from last year's $3.14.
Air travel is expected to decline 1.7 percent in Ohio this holiday, with 192,200 Ohioans flying.
Schwind suggests that if you are driving a long distance over the holiday that you get your vehicle serviced and checked out before leaving. AAA predicts they'll be called to assist more than 3.76 million drivers nationally during the holiday period.