Most Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, so you may want to pack your patience before Christmas Day.
Data compiled by AAA reports 115.6 million people will travel from Sunday, Dec. 21, to Wednesday, Jan. 1. That’s an increase of 3.9 % over last year and more than 104 million folks plan on hitting the road.
Global travel analytics company INRIX anticipates delays to be the worst on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Afternoon delays will almost double drive times across major U.S. cities.
In Georgia, more than 3 million travelers are expected, with 187,000 driving and just as many taking flight. That’s a 3.7% increase in Georgia drivers from last year and 4% increase from 2018 in those flying.
AAA encourages people to remain calm as they drive in order to avoid road rage incidents. Tips include not offending other drivers by forcing them to hit the breaks or change direction, remaining tolerant and forgiving, and not responding with eye contact or gestures.
We hope everyone stays safe on the road this holiday season!
Don’t let a DUI crash ruin what is supposed to be a great time of fellowship with family and friends.
Make that plan for a sober ride home before the night begins.
All motorists can use the following tips to stay safe, focused, sober and patient while traveling:
- Plan ahead for a sober ride.
- Arrange for a designated driver, use a rideshare service or program the numbers for cab companies into your phone.
- You can also plan to use public transportation, but check schedules ahead of time in case service is altered during the holiday.
- Don’t try to make up time by speeding. Because of extra traffic on the road, leave for your destination earlier than needed to allow for increased travel time.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing their seat belt and all children under 8 are riding in an approved child passenger safety seat or booster seat.
- Limit driver distractions by staying off phones. Program GPS before you get on the road or have a passenger be in charge of navigation.
- Take breaks to avoid drowsy driving: Plan rest stops as needed and alternate drivers if possible!
The same safe driving practices that are taught in A-1’s Defensive Driving Class can be applied to be a safe driver in a car and on a motorcycle. There is a lot of very useful and informative information in the class and it will apply whether you have been driving for years or you are a brand new driver.