AAA Predicts Highest Number of Holiday Travelers Since 2001
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Dec 22, 2016 in Car Accidents
The American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 103 million Americans will travel for the holidays, a 1.5 percent increase over last year and the highest number of holiday travelers since 2001.
Approximately 93.6 million people will travel by car, more than any other year on record, according to AAA President Joseph J. Richardson.
AAA attributes the increase in holiday travel to an increase in consumer spending resulting from rising wages and an improving job market.
With more cars on the road this weekend, there is a higher risk of accidents, particularly in states like Indiana where drivers could encounter snow, ice or other dangerous conditions.
That is why AAA advises drivers to inspect their vehicles before hitting the road. Make sure your tires are fully inflated and the windshield wipers work. You should also make sure you have enough anti-freeze and windshield washer fluid.
When you are out on the road, leave plenty of space between your car and the car in front of you. Avoid tailgating as it gives you less time to react if the other driver hits the brakes.
AAA also reminds drivers to keep their eyes on the road and avoid distractions, like cellphones and other electronic devices.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recommends traveling with the following items in case your car breaks down:
- Bottled water
- Jumper cables
- Cell phone chargers
- Non-perishable food
- First-aid kit
- Battery powered flashlight
- Spare batteries
If you suffer injuries in a car accident during your holiday road trip, contact our auto accident personal injury lawyers for a free legal consultation. The crash may have been caused by negligence and you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages.
We have helped many victims of car accidents recover fair compensation for the damages they have suffered.
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