By: Megan McCarthy
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, many travel by car, airplane, train, cruise ships, and buses to visit their families and escape to different destinations. This Thanksgiving, 54.3 million American travelers are expected to travel, the highest number in more than a decade.
AAA predicts that Thanksgiving travel will hit a 13-year high with a 4.8% increase from 2017. 48.5 million Americans will be traveling by cars, a 4.9% jump since last year, with another 4.3 million Americans travelling by plane, a 5.4% jump from last year. In addition, travel by train, bus, and cruise ships will also increase by 1.4% to 1.48 million.
The Transportation Safety Administration expects more than 25 million travelers from November 16th through the 26th, one of the biggest holidays on record. The Sunday after Thanksgiving may break a record as one of its busiest days ever.
Rising wages, disposable income, and overall household wealth have lifted levels of consumer spending. Travelers can expect high prices of gas with costs rising 40 cents from last year.
When traveling this holiday, it is important to remember that with increased individuals on the road safety becomes even more critical. Here are some steps to follow to ensure safe arrival at your destination.
- Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road
- Plan ahead: Review the directions so you know where you are going
- Use a map or GPS: Understanding the road allows you to anticipate lane changes and avoid panicked search for directions
- Emergency Kit: Ensure that you have proper contents including: battery powered radio, flashlights, blankets, jumper cables
- Weather: Monitor the weather and be aware of changes including ice, snow, or other weather related obstacles
- Buckle Up: A simple way to increase safety on the road and reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%
Have a Safe & Happy Thanksgiving!
Megan McCarthy is the AVP Government & Public Relations for eServices Co.