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Busy roads, cheap gas for holiday travel

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KHQ.com -  Tuesday marks the start of the end of the year holiday travel season. Record low gas prices are playing a major factor for travelers, coming up 49 cents lower than last year.

Because both Christmas and New Years Day are on Thursdays this year, a lot of people are taking advantage of an extra day of travel. 

91 percent of travelers are taking a road trip this holiday, and many of them enjoying the lowest cost per gallon in five years.

AAA urges travelers to be very cautious on the road. Every 45 minutes, one person loses their life in an alcohol-related driving accident in America. With nearly 90 million drivers on the road this holiday season, be sure to pack your patience.

"Take it slow and easy. Make sure you have your chains and don't worry about passing people. It's not worth it," said holiday traveler Katie Riley

While most travelers are driving to get to their destination, many are also flying this holiday season.

Air travel makes up six percent of travelers this year, or 5.7 million travelers. That's up one percent from last year.
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