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December 14, 2012

AAA expects more travel in state

Woodward, Okla. — AAA is predicting travel in Oklahoma to increase nearly 2 percent this Christmas holiday season.

Around 47,550 Oklahomans are expected to travel by plane, 4,250 by alternative means including buses and trains, and an impressive 800,500 by automobile.

AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai said it is likely the decrease in fuel prices that is spurring many Oklahomans to travel this Christmas.

Fuel prices have decreased roughly 50 cents a gallon from September through December, and prices are expected to maintain that trend as the national average slowly drops to between $3.20 to $3.40 per gallon by Jan 1.

Mai explained that while fuel prices may still be at record highs for this time of year, they are still lower than what we've been experiencing.

"We've adjusted to a new type of normal when it comes to fuel prices," he said.

Mai also said there may be some additional underlying reasons for the increase in people traveling.

"With all the turmoil in the Middle East right now and the financial cliff looming there's a lot of uncertainty that may be subliminally causing people to want to go home and be with their families right now," he said.

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