Officials with AAA are estimating that more than 93 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from their homes over the holiday travel season. That’s about 2 percent more than last time and the highest number of travelers we’ve seen since 2006. According to FOX 4 NEWS, about 90 percent of those travelers are going to be taking their car instead of hopping on a plane. Lower gas prices and skyrocketing plane tickets are the top cause in this case.
Our Cape Coral accident lawyers understand that more traffic means that there are going to be more risks for accidents. Florida is probably going to be one of the worst states in the country for holiday traffic, too. We’ve got snowbirds heading south for the winter, visitors dropping in to see friends and family, students out of school on winter break, residents enjoying some much-needed time off of work and family members jumping from home to home for those holiday gatherings. Be ready for some congested roadways!
Of the more than 93 million people expected to travel, about 5 million of them are going to be Floridians. And about 4.3 million of those Floridians will be traveling by car.
The holiday travel period is considered the time from December 22nd through January 1st, according to AAA.
“The year-end holiday season remains the least volatile of all travel holidays as Americans will not let economic conditions or high gas prices dictate if they go home for the holidays or kick off the New Year with a vacation,” said AAA Travel Vice President Brent Hubele.
In South Florida, gas prices are sitting at around $3.40 for a gallon. Although that’s about 10 cents higher than the price of a gallon a year ago, residents aren’t letting that stop them.
Before heading out, you’re urged to check out your vehicle. Make sure that your tires are in good condition. You never want to drive on old, worn tires. You also want to make sure that the fluids are fresh and full. Fill up your gas tank before heading out and make sure you know where you’re going. You don’t want to be messing with a GPS or with a road map behind the wheel.
Holiday Driving Tips, from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV):
-Make sure you let a loved one know when you’re leaving, where you’re going and when you’re getting back should anything happen to you along the way.
-Make sure that you always travel with a cell phone. Bring a car charger or extra battery, too!
-Avoid tailgating other vehicles.
-If you’re lost, don’t stop and ask for directions in a dark or underpopulated place.
-Leave for your destination with plenty of time to compensate for slow traffic, detours and rest stops.
-Get plenty of rest the day before your road trip. You don’t want to be sleepy behind the wheel.
We wish you a safe and Happy Holiday season. Be safe out there and return home safe for the New Year!