Oklahomans hit the road for the holidays

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Updated: 12/21/2012 11:25 pm Published: 12/21/2012 10:43 pm

AAA reports state 93.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles this holiday season.  More than 852,000 people in Oklahoma will either fly or drive.  90 percent of them will get behind the wheel.  

Green Country gas prices are under three dollars and slowing inching up.  Last week they were $2.77 for a gallon of unleaded gasoline.  Now they are around $2.89.    Some drivers said the cheaper gas puts them in the holiday spirit. 

“Seeing them under three dollars, I know it’s weird to say, but we are tickled to death,” said driver Clint Jones.  “We are heading to Checotah,  to our family’s little farm for the weekend.” 

Clint was one of thousands filling up at Quick Trip off 51st and Yale in Tulsa on Friday afternoon. 

AAA spokesperson Danial Karnes said that gas prices have been tough to guess which way they are going. 

“Unfortunately, we have some unknowns in the stock market that makes oil prices go up with the fiscal cliff talks,” said Karnes.  What we do know, according to weather reports, is Green Country might see a white Christmas, which means traveling now may be harder  on the drive back home next week. 

“That winter precipitation is coming and the roads will get slick so the most important thing to do before you take off is check your car and make sure it is prepared,” said Karnes.   The most important thing for driving in winter weather is traction.  Also check the air pressure – make sure it is properly set.  Check your window shield wipers too.”

Karnes also recommends a survival kit.

“Pack a flashlight, a blanket, water, and a cell phone charger.”

If you are flying check with airline to make sure your flight is not delayed or cancelled on account of bad weather. 

American Airlines had to cancel 120 flights in the Midwest on Friday because of rough conditions. 


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