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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Record-Breaking Number Travelers Predicted Over Upcoming Holiday

AAA predicts a record-breaking number of travelers this holiday season with over 100 million Americans planning to travel between December 23rd and January 3rd.   Thanksgiving is known as one of the most popular travel times of the year, but the number of people who plan on taking a road trip during Dec 23rd –Jan 3rd is more than double the number who recently traveled by car over the recent Thanksgiving break.   

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans plan on traveling 50 miles or more from home over the holidays, marking the seventh consecutive year there has been an increase in the number of travelers during this period. 

More than 90 percent of travelers will drive to their holiday destinations over the upcoming holiday break.  Like Thanksgiving, gas prices are predicted to stay relatively low over the winter holiday and people remain optimistic about the economy. The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is expected to remain around, or below, $2 per gallon.  And while driving remains the most popular way to travel by far, the number of people planning to travel by airplane, cruise ships, trains, and buses is also on the rise. 

What does all of this mean for Henry County residents south of Atlanta?  Home of the much-traveled I-75 corridor, we can expect traffic volume to be much heavier than usual.  The top three reasons car accident fatalities are on the rise in Georgia are distracted driving, impaired driving, and speeding.  These reasons become more dangerous with an increase in volume.   In addition, many drivers will be traveling from other areas of the country and unfamiliar with our local roads, and there is a high probability that drivers will be distracted by their passengers and technology. 

As personal injury attorneys located south of Atlanta, we urge everyone to drive carefully this holiday season.   If you’re one of the millions of Americans taking a road trip, be sure to get a good night’s rest the night before you leave, and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.   

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends and a Merry Christmas. 

 

 

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