This holiday season, Americans are getting the gift of cheaper gasoline for their holiday travels.
And that will encourage people to travel more — an increase of about four percent is expected — and increase the number of cars on the road, said Christopher Oakford, spokesperson for Triple AAA of the Bluegrass.
AAA estimates that 98.6 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from their home and 91 percent of them will be travelling by car during the holiday travel times which are considered to be from Dec. 23 to Jan. 4.
Regular unleaded gas in Lexington is about 80 cents lower than last year at this time, Oakford said. On Thursday, a Speedway gas station on Winchester Road was selling gas for $2.16 a gallon.
Over the holidays, there will likely be a slight increase in gas prices, due to demand, which will probably be temporary, Oakford added.
"But gas prices have been falling," he said. "The price of oil has a very instant impact on the price of gas."
For Justin English, a 25-year-old University of Kentucky student, who is traveling to Georgia to be with his family for the holidays, the lower gas prices are "most definitely" beneficial.
"I can still go even if they're high, but having lower (prices), it helps, just because I'm a student," he said.
AAA reminds holiday travelers that it's important to remember safety: avoid driving while tired and driving during dangerous weather conditions.
"Driving is a very flexible activity," Oakford said, adding that a trip can be delayed until bad weather passes.
Another safety tip for holiday driving is to slow down, Oakford said. It's also important to make sure the car is checked out and ready for the drive, as well as stocked with an emergency kit that contains warm clothes, a flashlight, food and water, he added.