CHICAGO (CBS)–Holiday travelers hitting the roads can expect to pay less at the pump this year.

AAA estimates 5.3 million people will be driving in Illinois this holiday season.

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Gas prices are down compared to this time last year. The average cost for gas in Chicago was about $2.49 as of Dec. 21, according to Gas Buddy.

At this time last year, gas cost an average of nearly $2.70 per gallon in Illinois.

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Two years ago it was an average of $2.50 per gallon, data shows.

More than 102 million people nationwide are expected to drive to their holiday get-togethers, AAA says.

Traffic in the Chicago area is expected to be the worst on Christmas Eve.


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