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With warm weather and cool gas prices, a record number of people expected to travel for the holidays

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- As the song goes, there's no place like home for the holidays. It rings true as a record number of people are expected to travel this year.

“Biggest travel day of the year,” said AAA Safety Advisor Chris Ralston.

With traffic in the sky and on the roads, Dec. 23 is the day most people rush to be with family and friends for Christmas.

“I'm going back to visit my family in London, England with my daughter Fiona,” Andrew Metcalf told WDRB News.

It's his first time flying 11 hours with a toddler, but some who had the option of flying or driving decided to take to the skies.

“For us it was about a 12-hour drive and we just thought a two hour flight was a lot easier, but we'll see how the flight goes and then maybe we'll feel differently about it,” Sarah Marie Martin told WDRB News.

The family of seven is just a small portion of those expected to travel.

“Over 100 million folks, which is a record since we've been following, travel at AAA, so it's going to be extremely busy out there,” Ralston said.

Ralston added that record number is likely due to mild weather and the lowest gas prices in years.

“At the moment I'm glad. Not too long ago, it was two and three dollars,” Chris Harrison told WDRB News.

According to Gas Buddy, the Louisville average comes in at $1.94. The state average is $1.91 and nationally the average is $2.01. With more people on the roads, AAA projects it will respond to nearly 900,000 broken down vehicles across the country. Suburban Towing in Louisville says 50 percent of calls they receive of broken down cars this time of year come from out-of-towners passing through.

“We're steady, but I think that's a little bit of calm before the storm. Most of the travel will be this evening and in the morning,” said Suburban Towing Operations Manager Stephen Strong.

AAA experts also advise people to be cautious during severe weather.

“As you're traveling listen to local radio stations so you know what’s happening in your area,” said Ralston.

While no snow is in the forecast locally, some are hoping for a Christmas miracle.

“I'd rather have cold, I'd rather have snow to go with the season to go with the holiday, but I don't think that's what we're going to be getting,” said Harrison.

Travel experts say the most important thing you can do when traveling is to stay alert.

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