Travelers line up early at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport Friday morning. (FOX19 NOW/Frankie Jupiiter)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A record number of people are expected to travel for the holidays this year nationally and right here in Ohio.
“Across the board this year, travel has increased year-over-year for every major holiday weekend – Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving – and we project the same for the year-end holiday period. We’ve seen the strong economy and growing consumer confidence fuel holiday travel all year long,” said Jenifer Moore, AAA spokeswoman.
AAA predicts 4.5 million Ohioans will spend the holiday away from home.
Most of them, 4.1 million, will travel by car.
That's 154,600 more travelers than last year and the highest ever recorded since AAA began tracking the travel index in 2001.
Nationally, AAA expects 107.3 million people to travel during the Christmas holiday season Dec. 23-Jan. 1.
Like Ohio, most national drivers (97.4 million) will drive to their destinations.
Some 6.4 million people are expected to fly, a 4.1 percent increase and the fourth year of consecutive air travel volume increases.
AAA encourages motorists to have their vehicle battery, tires and fluids checked prior to hitting the road.
They offer free preventative maintenance checks at all AAA Bob Sumerel Tire and Service locations.
Appointments are not required and you do not have to be a member.
AAA also encourages members to check the status of their membership.
“Winter is officially here,” Moore said. “It is important for motorists to make sure their membership is up to date, as it will be needed to contact AAA Roadside Assistance for help.”
Take photo identification such as a passport.
Those who fly will want to remember to carry small amounts of liquids, gels and aerosols in 3-ounce or less containers zipped into clear plastic bags.
Carefully write your name, address and phone number on all your bags.
Review boarding passes and documents to make sure your name is spelled correctly, your birth date is correct and that it exactly matches what's on your ID. If it's wrong, alert your travel agent immediately.