AAA says the average traveler this year will clock 805 miles, an increase of 45 miles, and spend $765, up from $759 in 2012. More than 90 percent of travelers will do so by car.
The relatively low cost of gas might also have played a part in spurring Americans to hit the road in 2013. Though AAA says the price at the pump is higher than the multi-year low of $3.18 per gallon seen a month ago, it expects most drivers to pay less than they did over the 2012 year-end holiday.
Travel by air is expected to decrease just more than one percent with 5.5 million people flying this holiday.
No matter where you go, AAA’s Doney made an appeal to motorists to be extra diligent about the dangers of impaired driving. AAA statistics from this past year show that one in five licensed drivers admitted to having driven when they thought their alcohol level might have been close to or over the legal limit.
“Despite the ubiquitous warnings about drinking and driving, especially during the holiday season, alcohol-related crashes still represent one in three motor vehicle deaths,” he said.
Doney asked holiday partygoers to keep a watchful eye on those who may be at risk of getting behind the wheel after a festive evening.