UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
CENTRAL TEXAS -- Texans are loading up their cars and hitting the road for Christmas.
Holiday getaways seem to be the trend this year. AAA reports nearly 60 percent of Texans plan on traveling for Christmas, up from almost 40 percent last year.
Brandon Dawson is one of those drivers. He's meeting his dad Thursday who drove in from Austin, but this isn't the only trip they'll be making for the holidays.
"It's a little bit of driving. we're driving between Austin, Corsicana and up to Dallas," said Dawson.
Fortunately, the Department of Transportation expects traveling over the next couple weeks to go smooth in Central Texas.
Despite a few lane closures in parts of Temple, Hillsboro and Waco, traffic isn't expected to be too backed up. Making driving over flying an easy decision for most families.
"A larger percentage of people, I would expect, drive. At Christmas time, you're dealing with car loads of presents and luggage and kids and everything. So, driving is a much easier alternative," said Texas DOT information officer, Jodi Wheatley.
Last year, AAA reported nearly 90 million Americans chose that alternative, traveling more than 50 miles away over the holidays, and driving long distances just seems to be the mentality for most Texans like Brandon Dawson's father, John Dawson.
"You know, we don't think anything about driving 200, 250 miles. Four hours on the road is nothing," said Dawson.
Texas Department of Transportation warns drivers to be cautious on those long trips. They say look for alternative routes this weekend if you can, and be sure to add in extra travel time to make up for the few slow downs in the area.