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Drivers can plan on more traffic, low gas prices this holiday season

More than 5.9 million Floridians will be traveling more than 50 miles away from their homes over the winter holidays this year - the highest number of travelers since AAA began tracking data in 2001.

The more than 100 million people expected to travel this holiday season are set to enjoy some of the lowest gas prices in two years, according to a recent release by the AAA Auto Group.

“Holiday travelers will have more jingle in their pockets after they fill-up the family vehicle,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA.

Jenkins said prices are already at 2-year lows for the holidays, and should slip even lower in the next two weeks.

If oil prices drop even further this week, that would reduce the cost of producing gasoline and allow additional price cuts at the pump, according to Jenkins.

Gas prices across the U.S. declined another 4 cents last week, and should drop even more through the end of the year.

This is good news for the estimated 102.1 million Americans forecasted to take a holiday road trip in the next two weeks.

More than 5.9 million Floridians will be traveling more than 50 miles away from their homes over the winter holidays this year - the highest number of travelers since AAA began tracking data in 2001.

AAA estimates those drivers are saving $5-$15 on a full tank of gas compared to last summer, and should find the lowest holiday gas prices in two years.

According to AAA, the worst days to drive are Friday and Saturday. The best days to fly are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

On Sunday, gas prices averaged $2.30 per gallon, meaning that Florida drivers are now paying 21 cents per gallon less than they did two months ago, according to AAA.

In Florida, the most expensive gas price averages included Panama City ($2.63), Miami ($2.47) and West Palm Beach - Boca Raton ($2.46).

Orlando came in second for the cheapest gas prices in the state ($2.20), tying with Jacksonville and falling just behind the Villages ($2.17).

AAA suggests visiting GasPrices.AAA.com for daily national, state and metro gas price averages.

AAA is also offering a free Tow to Go service to discourage intoxicated drivers after Christmas and New Years Eve festivities.

Unlike most AAA services, Tow to Go is open to all drivers, not just members. AAA is just asking that those who participate tip their drivers.

Those who want to take advantage of the service should call (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246.

For more info or to find out if your area is eligible, visit AAA’s website.