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AAA: Nearly 3.2 M traveling for holidays

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AAA Michigan says if you’re traveling for the holidays, you’ll have plenty of company this season.

“It could be more than we’ve seen, keeping records over 14 years.”

That’s Gary Bubar, company public affairs specialist, talking about the high volume of travel AAA is projecting for the year-end holiday season.

“It’s a confluence of good things happening out there. We have an increase in our economy, gas prices, airline prices are down percent.”

And with gas prices hovering below the two dollar per gallon mark, Bubar says the low prices have opened the door for many to travel.

“It makes them able to spend some of that excess on meals, lodging, where they otherwise might not be able to do - when gas was $4 a gallon, it was tougher to do those things.”

AAA says nearly 3.2 million folks from Michigan will travel over the 12-day span.

“The vast majority, more than 90 percent will travel by car; over the river and through the woods to grandmas house; a lot will be traveling more than 50 miles. So folks need to pay attention to what they’re doing out there and drive carefully and safely.”

As for safe travel, Bubar recommends having your car well-equipped and advises motorists should not overdrive in terms of fatigue. 

“Staying up for 24 hours can have the same effect as being legally drunk, so we don’t want people to overdrive, just because they want to get that extra day during the holiday.”

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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