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Christmas travel stretch begins

Highway 99 in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen Tuesday, December 18, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Claudette Stefanian)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Travel agency AAA suggests people should hit the roads early for their holiday commutes, though the freeways aren’t expected to be as packed as they were during Thanksgiving.

Nearly 9 million people are expected to travel this holiday either by car or plane in Southern California, with a majority going by car, according to AAA.

Doug Shupe, a AAA spokesman, said car traffic will be at its worst come Friday afternoon, with 8 million people in Southern California expected to drive this holiday.

Shupe said the airports will be particularly bad on Saturday and Sunday, and he recommended travelers get to the airport two hours before their flight if heading to a domestic destination.

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