AAA Expecting Record Holiday Travel Season

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — More than 100 million cars are expected to be out on roads across the country the weeks of Christmas and New Year's, AAA says—which means they're expecting the busiest holiday travel weeks on record.

In a release, AAA said they're forecasting 115.6 million people to travel during the holidays, including 104.8 million by car, 6.97 million by plane, and 3.81 million by train, bus, and ship.

It is on track to be the eighth year in a row of new record-high holiday travel. AAA said it may be thanks to the fact that unemployment is at ahistorically low level.

When it comes to motorists, that's over 4 million more drivers hitting the highway compared to last year.

AAA also said they're expecting to rescue over 800,000 stranded drivers this holiday season, helping them out with everything from flat tires to dead batteries to being locked out of their cars.

For those leaving Boston for Christmas, experts say the busiest or worst time to come back home would be this Friday, with peak congestion hours said to be between 4 and 6 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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