With Thanksgiving this week and the holiday season upon us, many will likely be making travel plans to spend time with friends and family. In fact, AAA is reporting that this year will see the most travel for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2007. This will probably mean more cars on the road and more traffic for drivers across the country to contend with as they navigate the roadways later this week. Experts are warning drivers to prepare for the biggest Thanksgiving travel rush in a number of years. Of course, with more traffic comes the possibility of car accidents, as well.
Reasons for Increased Traffic
Those planning on traveling this holiday should expect to be on the roadways a little longer, according to a projection by auto club AAA. AAA is anticipating a 4.2 percent increase in travel as compared to last year, with 46.3 million people expected to travel at least 50 miles from their homes during the holiday weekend. If correct, this would be the highest traffic volume reported since the year 2007. Experts are saying that more people are willing and able to travel this year as compared to recent years past due to an improved economy, a larger amount of disposable income, lower gas prices, and overall consumer optimism. With increased consumer confidence, they say, comes an increased desire to travel for the holiday season.
Traveling by Car
The vast majority of these holiday travelers – over 89 percent – will be doing so by car, which represents a 4.3 percent increase of such travelers from last year. With so many additional people on the road, it is estimated that trips will take at least 25 percent longer this year, according to congestion tracking firm INRIX, which releases a Thanksgiving travel forecast every year. The increased traffic will likely be seen in most areas, but the article especially warns that traffic may be worst around major airports. In addition, traffic will likely be particularly bad the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, with rush hour expected to last two hours longer than usual, running from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This time period will likely see the most significant delays.
This increased traffic may not only be an annoyance for drivers planning to travel this week, but can also pose some serious risks associated with car accidents. According to the National Safety Council, about 418 people may be involved in fatal crashes, and another 44,700 are at risk of being injured seriously enough to require medical attention, statistically speaking. Other researchers say that accidents associated with deer, driving under the influence, and poor weather conditions are relatively common during the week of Thanksgiving. Drivers are encouraged to practice safe driving techniques and ensure their car is in proper operating order before heading out on the road in order to decrease their chances of being involved in an accident.
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