With Christmas comes family and friends visiting to celebrate the holiday. Whether you will be a guest (traveler) or will be receiving guests (travelee?), keeping travel facts and tips in mind is a smart thing to do.
According to AAA’s website, more than 107.3 million Americans will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 1----a new record for holiday travel. This year will mark the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end holiday travel.
About 97.4 million people are expected to travel by car, 6.4 million people by plane and 3.6 million others by train, bus, rails or cruise ships. (Travel by cruise ship—that sounds fun!!)
AAA predicts the greatest amount of congestion to be Dec. 20 and Dec. 21. The worst time of day to travel is between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., according to the website.
Please make sure to add extra time in your travel schedule in case you hit heavy traffic conditions, because, well, A LOT of people will be traveling.
Around 901,600 motorists are expected to call AAA during the holidays this year. Car battery-related issues, lockouts and flat tires are the top reasons the company is called for the holidays. For those who are driving, make sure your vehicles are ready for the trips they are about to take. Make sure your phone is charged and take a portable phone charger in case of emergencies.
Also, always keep an emergency kit. The kit should have a flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, first aid kits, water, nonperishable food items, matches, blankets and warning devices. Your car should also have an ice scraper and a small shovel in case you get stuck in snow.
Of course, make sure to check the weather of the locations you are going to and will travel through.
Everyone, from our families to yours, have a happy and safe holiday season!!!!!!