Thanks partly to an improving economy, the number of travelers leaving town during the Christmas and New Year's holidays is expected to set a new record for Southern California and the state.
Nearly 11.7 million Californians are expected to travel at least 50 miles for the holiday season, with 7.3 million of those coming from Southern California, according to an estimate released Monday by the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The estimate of Southern California holiday travelers represents a 1.8% increase over last year, the report said. A vast majority, 89%, of Southern Californians will travel by car, according to the report.
Although gasoline prices have been dropping for several weeks, Auto Club officials say lower fuel prices are probably not a big factor in travel decisions this year.