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Increase expected in Christmas travelers from 2017, new estimates say


Christmas is just one week away now, and millions will be traveling for it.

AAA is out with just how many people are estimated to hit the road.

Nationwide, about 112 million people who will pack up for a holiday road trip. About a four percent jump compared to last year.

The first busy day for Christmas, starts Wednesday

If you plan on leaving, experts say pack your patience.

“Most of the folks that are leaving for a long vacation will be on the 20/21 between the evening rush hours when the commuters and travelers will be mixing. So it’s going to be kind of tough on the roads”, says Fran Mayko of AAA Northeast. 

Experts say Thursday and Friday will be the busiest days to drive here in Connecticut, especially during the drive home.

There is some good news when it comes to traveling this holiday. Gas prices are looking merry.

“Gas prices are down, compared to last year. It’s about a six percent decrease”, Mayko says.

Consider it an early Christmas present. Oil prices have been dropping due to high production.

AAA says they are expected to drop a little more by the time drivers hit the road for Christmas.

Right now, the national average for a gallon of gas is $2.36. 

Here in Connecticut, we are $2.69.

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