Your Travel Forecast For The 2014 Holiday Season

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Some tough travel days are ahead for the record 144 million Americans who will be hitting the road for the holidays this year.

Mother Nature isn’t letting up on the rain anytime soon. It’s been wet for a few days and the rain is going to get worse on Christmas Eve. We’re not just talking just about here Central Virginia, but the entire eastern third of the country— and this rain is going to cause a ripple effect.

If you’re driving in the wet weather, remember to exercise caution and leave extra time for wet and slippery pavement.

Major airports are going to see flight delays, possibly affecting flights everywhere and there are going to be slick roads, increasing chances of accidents.

Here at home, 2.8 million Virginians will be getting away for the holidays, according to AAA, and 91 percent of those will be driving. Travel volume for the year-end holidays in the Commonwealth of Virginia will reach the highest peak ever recorded by AAA (since 2001.)

This year, the holidays land on a Thursday, creating a holiday travel season that is one day longer than last year’s and the longest since 2008. The flexibility makes it possible for more people to fit holiday travel more easily into their schedules.

Low gas prices continue to help boost disposable income this holiday season, with today’s Virginia average price of gas at $2.36 per gallon, 79 cents less than a year ago. 24 states in the U.S. have gas stations selling a gallon of regular for less than $2.00, according to Gas Buddy.

Click here to get AAA’s tips on how to survive holiday travel.

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