The holiday season is supposed to be magical and exciting and we want it to be, however, unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Traveling around the holidays is always busy. But, according to experts at AAA, this season will be the busiest travel season on record. One out of every three Americans will be traveling this holiday season; that is 112.5 million travelers. This is about a 4.4% increase from 2017. The travel time that is defined in this period is from December 20 to January 1. It’s the tenth straight increase in Christmas travel, according to AAA.
Gas prices averaged $2.46 for the first week of December, which is two cents per gallon less than one year ago. Lower gas prices is driving more people on the roads. The most popular destination this season is Orlando, Florida, meaning a lot of this traffic will be concentrated in central Florida. For 2018, motorists are on track to break the record for most miles driven on U.S. roads, which ma increase the demand for gasoline immensely.
With more travel, there are inevitably more accidents on the road. AAA says they expect to rescue close to 1 million motorists this holiday season. To help you prevent having to use AAA or even worse calling 911, we have a few tips to help you prevent these accidents from happening to you as you travel during the holidays.
Christmas Travel Safety Tips
- Pay attention to the weather: Try and drive during times where visibility and road conditions are best. If you leave too early, fog might pose a problem. If you leave too late, the winter darkness makes the roads hard to see. Try and make sure that it isn’t raining or snowing when you travel!
- Check your car before you leave: Make sure there are no issues with your car. The best thing to do is to get it checked by professional before making a long drive, but if that is not an option, make sure to check the “easy” stuff. This includes the tire pressure, windshield wipers, fluid levels, light functions and dashboard indicators. Checking your brakes would also be ideal.
- Be Prepared: If you do end up breaking down or getting into an accident, make sure that you have a plan. We suggest using AAA in case of a breakdown. They can come from anywhere and offer an app to make requesting assistance even easier. If you get into a car accident. Make sure everyone is okay first and then call the police. Don’t forget to exchange information no matter how much of a rush you are in.
- Do not drive distracted: Speaking of being in a rush, do not get distracted by texting or communicating plans on your phone. Have a plan before you leave and know where you are going and how to get there to avoid looking at your phone’s GPS so much.
- Do not Drive Drunk: While going to or coming from holiday parties, do not drive while intoxicated. If you think you are going to drink, make a plan ahead of time. Call an Uber or taxi, plan to stay at where the party is at, or have a designated driver. There is zero excuse to drive drunk and possibly ruin a joyous time for yourself and others.