With more than one million Marylanders expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA predicts that this year will be the highest traffic volume for the holiday within the state since 2005.
AAA expects that approximately 1.03 million people will travel 50 miles between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, a three percent increase from last year.
The significant majority of travelers (91 percent) are expected to drive, seven percent are expected to fly and a remaining two percent will use other forms of transportation such as a train or boat.
Nationally, the travel organization expects Thanksgiving travel to hit 48.7 million travelers, an increase of 1.9 percent from last year and the most travelers for the holiday since 2007.
Prepare Before You Hit the Road
AAA expects to rescue more than 370,000 motorists over the Thanksgiving holiday. The majority of on-the-road assistance and repairs will be for flat ties, lockouts and dead batteries. The travel organization recommends all motorists check the condition of their vehicle, tires and batteries before hitting the road.
With so many people expected to hit the roads for the holiday, it is also important that motorists take important steps to help prevent accidents.
- Never drink and drive
- Check road conditions and allow enough time for safe travel
- Obey the speed limit and other traffic rules
- Get plenty of rest before traveling and plan for rest stops if you are traveling long distances
- Avoid distractions such as using cellphones, playing with the radio, eating or interacting with passengers
The car accident attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving! If you are involved in an accident caused by another’s negligence, we are available to help. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.