Millions of Americans will travel for the holidays

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With an increase of people traveling means an increase in possible accidents.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to hit the roads, and this year is even more enticing for holiday traveling.

No snow and ice is on the ground and nearly two thirds of US gas stations are selling a gallon for less than $2.00.

According to Trip Advisor, millions of Americans will travel for the holidays and more than half will drive.

When the roads get packed it seems like Santa had the right idea traveling by sleigh.

Ed Hrosar said he traveled from Niles, Ohio, and he takes his time when it comes to the interstate.

“The traffic wasn’t bad,” said Hrosar.

“Oh, it’s great it’s Tuesday, only the retirees and the truck drivers are out,” said Joanie Reeder of Lancaster, Ohio.

“I think it was more tractor trailers not so much family vehicles,” said Lana Murr of Pittsburgh.

Bad weather, crazy drivers, and airline delays are the major causes of those holiday headaches.

But there’s something keeping people merry this year, the lowest gas prices since 2009.

“Wow, the gas prices went down we really made a good decision,” said Heidi Murr of Pittsburgh.

“It made it a lot easier to travel and you notice there’s a few more dollars in your pocket so you can buy a few more things,” said Hrosar.

If you’re still feeling like the Grinch on your trip, some tips to stay stress-free include:

  • Traveling during off peak hours.
  • Driving shorter distances.
  • Making sure you have some entertainment on your smart phone or tablet.

“Not for me, I like it, it’s exciting, it is the time of the year and everybody’s hopefully happy, and if you see somebody stressed just smile at them, it will help,” said Reeder.

Everyone agreed that their number one priority is spending special days with family and friends.

“I don’t like to travel too far for the holidays, I like to kind of stay home with my family,” said Hrosar.

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