About 91 percent of holiday travelers drive to their destinations, reports the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). If you’re one of those travelers, consider several holiday traffic facts, figures and, sadly, fatalities as you prepare to travel safely and avoid being involved in a holiday car accident.
AAA found that over 96 million people traveled during the 2016 holiday season. In other years, up to 53 percent of long-distance holiday travelers drive more than 99 miles to their destinations and visit family and friends,
according to the USDOT. This same USDOT study found that over 90 percent of travelers visit destinations in the U.S. and spend slightly less than three night away from home.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving remains the busiest long-distance travel day, reports the USDOT, as travelers driving an average of 214 miles.
To avoid the heaviest traffic on this day and, hopefully, a holiday car accident, advises Travel + Leisure, travel before 2 p.m. and after 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Thanksgiving Day retains the spot as the busiest travel day for revelers who drive less than 99 miles from home.
Speeding and alcohol contribute heavily to holiday traffic fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that 39 percent of fatal holiday crashes stem from alcohol use, and speeding causes 30 percent of fatal holiday crashes.
If food prompts you to hit the road over the holiday, you’re in good company. The most Googled term of Thanksgiving remains “buffet,” notes Travel + Leisure.
Google Maps requests for “ham shop” increase by 20 percent on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, too.
As you travel safely this holiday season, factor in traffic facts and statistics. We also invite you to contact us at (844) 926-3752, if you experience an accident and need professional help.
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