Near record travel expected over the holidays

Published: Dec. 21, 2022 at 4:56 PM EST
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - According to AAA, this is expected to be the third busiest year for holiday travel since the organization began tracking it in 2000.

AAA estimates more than 112-million people will journey at least 50 miles or more away from home between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2, an increase of more than 3.5% over last year.

AAA is expecting 4.2 million people to travel here in New England, with about 90% of that by automobile.

Experts say before you head out to your destination, it’s a good idea to plan ahead as much as possible and leave extra time to get to your destination.

That includes keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, expecting more congestion on the roads, and staying alert behind the wheel.

“It’s about getting from A-to-Z safely,” said AAA Northern New England Public Affairs Director Pat Moody. “We know there’s going to be a lot of people out there enjoying some cheer, potentially being distracted on the road. So, that’s a good time to remember that we need to be distraction free and impairment free when we’re traveling during the holiday period, and any time of year for that matter.”

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