More People Than Ever Head Over the River and Through The Woods

AAA predicts the number of holiday travelers to shatter records this year, thanks in part to decade low gas prices.

And the good news just keeps coming as the Tennessee Department of Transportation announces there will be no lane closures between December 23rd and January 4th.

"We anticipate over two million drivers to travel Tennessee roadways during the Christmas and New Years holiday period," said TDOT spokesperson Jennifer Flynn. "With the low price of gas a lot of people are taking advantage of it this year so that also adds to the fact that we really don’t need to be out there having lane closures."

Holiday travelers have already hit the pavement running.

And the low gas prices has been an extra present under the tree.

"It’s great because I’m on a fixed income and it’s been a great thing to travel this cheap," said John Evans of North Port, Florida. "I made this trip for half what I made it for, or less than half what I made it for, last year."

"Certainly a lot cheaper than it was this time last year," said Brent Askins of Bowling Green, Kentucky. "I’ve actually been down to Florida to see Western Kentucky University play in a ball game and that was one of the attractive things about it. I can drive down for a dollar 85 cents a gallon."

Those who travel the road for work are just as grateful.

"Prices being lower, that cuts down the expense for the company," said Dan Smallwood from Atlanta. "I’m sure that’s passed along the customers too."

AAA says more than 90 percent of people are driving to their holiday destination.

That’s a 1.4 percent increase from last year.

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