AAA Anticipates 100 Million Holiday Travelers
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Dec 23, 2015 in Car Accidents
For the first time in recorded history, AAA anticipates that 100 million people will travel this holiday season, equating to almost one in three Americans.
Around 100.5 million are estimated to travel 50 or more miles away from home, representing a 1.4 percent rise from 2014. It is the 7th consecutive year of holiday travel growth. The holiday travel period is recognized from December 23 to January 3rd.
The record number of travelers this season is attributed to lower gas prices, improved labor markets and increasing incomes. Many Americans have higher disposable incomes permitting them to travel to be with family and friends.
Driving will be the most popular form of travel this season with an excess of 90 percent of travelers driving to their holiday destinations, amounting to a 1.4 percent rise from last year. Around 5.8 million Americans will choose to fly, and 3.4 million people will use other types of transportation like buses, trains or cruises.
Holiday Road Safety
With so many people on the roads, AAA urges motorists to drive defensively and be on the lookout for negligent drivers. The auto club expects to rescue about 900,000 motorists during the twelve-day travel period, mostly for flat tires, dead batteries and lockouts.
With a high volume of holiday parties and celebrations during this period, AAA encourages drivers to not drink and drive. There is an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 53 minutes.
AAA suggests drivers plan ahead before heading out to celebrate Christmas and New Years. Appoint a designated driver, have the number of a taxi company or Uber programmed into your phone and think of other peoples safety as well as your own.
From our firm to each of you, we want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season.
If your or someone you love is injured in an auto accident this holiday season, do not hesitate to contact the law office of Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice today for help getting the compensation you deserve.