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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Americans could set a new record for end-of-year travel this year, according to predictions from AAA.

The agency believes nearly 99 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles by car or air between now and the New Year holiday.

That number is up four percent from this time last year, and it's the highest since AAA first started recording travel numbers in 2001. The previous record was set in 2013.

Yvette Johnson was traveling with her grandchildren from Greensboro to Moore County on Christmas Eve.

She said the rain wasn't ideal for travel condition Christmas Eve, but her plan was to take it slow. "I try to drive for myself and others. You need to do that every day, but take extra precaution during the holiday season especially with the roads being as wet as they are."

She was especially thankful for the lower gas prices.

Airline passengers arriving at PTI airport reported having some delays and cancellations coming from other cities.

But airport travel is not busiest on Christmas Eve or Day. AAA said nine out of ten travelers will be in a car.

The agency suggested an improved economy, lower gas prices, and a nicely-timed Thursday Christmas will make this the busiest travel season in more than a decade.