Gas prices might be high but that’s not stopping people from driving all over the place for the holidays.

AAA – The Auto Club Group expects 109 million people to hit the road from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 – up 34 percent from last year.

Gas prices are the highest this holiday season since 2013, according to GasBuddy.

“Americans who canceled their vacations in 2020 want to gather with family and friends for the holidays this year, although they will still need to be mindful of the pandemic,” AAA spokeswoman Debbie Haas. “With vaccines widely available, conditions are much different and many people feel a greater level of comfort with travel this year.”

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Auto travel remains the preferred mode of transportation for 91 percent of holiday travelers.

“After plunging two weeks ago, the crude market regained strength last week,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. “As a result, that 20-30 cent drop we were anticipating, could be more like 10-20 cents. Oil prices remain the main drivers of prices at the pump. So if oil prices increase again this week, drivers will again need to adjust their expectations.”

Florida drivers are now paying an average price of $3.27 per gallon – the lowest daily average price since mid-November, AAA said.

Michael D. Bates is a staff writer with the Citrus County Chronicle and can be reached at mbates@chronicleonline.com