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Travel expected to increase before year's end

Posted On Thu, December 16, 2010

There are only a few weeks left in the year and AAA predicts Americans are going to make the most of them by traveling. In fact, it's estimated more than 92 million people will hit the roads and skies this holiday season.

The number of people expected to travel by car this season is expected to increase more than 3 percent over last year, according to AAA.

"After a challenging year in 2009, a modestly improved economic environment and pent-up demand resulted in more Americans traveling in 2010, and the year-end holidays are no exception," says AAA travel services director Glen MacDonell.

With many motorists on the road, there is an increased chance of getting into an accident. A collision can be costly in terms of repairs and auto insurance premiums. Insurers are likely to increase rates for even a minor run-in with another vehicle.

It's a good idea for motorists to ensure they follow road rules, drive the speed limit and always wear a seatbelt. If attending a celebration where alcohol is served, a designated driver should be established beforehand.  

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