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If you’re traveling for the holidays, expect company.

AAA Idaho released projections for travel over the holidays. By its estimation, 112 million Americans — that’s 1 in 3 people — will travel this winter, including 567,000 Idahoans. A staggering 91 percent of all travelers in the United States will travel by automobile, according to the release.

The reason? The price of gas has “taken a pleasant tumble,” AAA Idaho said.

Since Nov. 1, gas prices in Idaho have fallen 33 cents to $2.80 per gallon; the national average has fallen 40 cents to $2.39. That, mixed with “high consumer confidence,” should lead to more holiday travelers.

“AAA’s latest projections mark a decade of continued holiday travel growth, and a 4 percent increase over last year,” Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA Idaho, said in the release. “Gas prices may take a turn for the worse in the spring, so now is a great time to celebrate with loved ones.”

AAA Idaho’s release also noted that 34,000 Idahoans will take plane trips this holiday.

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Michael Katz covers breaking news at the Idaho Statesman. He attended the University of Southern California and grew up in Pasadena, California.

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