According to AAA, this Thanksgiving is likely to break U.S. travel records, with 54.3 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving. This is the highest number recorded in the last decade, and nearly five percent higher than last year. It has been estimated that several cities could see traffic delays of up to four hours on the two days before Thanksgiving.
In addition to the people traveling by car, another almost five million people will travel by plane, which is a five percent increase from last year. Experts say that the increased travel may be due to higher wages, more disposable income, and rising levels of wealth, all of which tend to increase travel.
With the huge influx of people hitting the roads, it’s important that if you are traveling this Thanksgiving that you take steps to stay safe. Before leaving, you should make plans with alternate routes just in case there is an issue with the traffic. You should also prepare your car – pack emergency bags, flashlights, extra chargers, and anything else you think you could need on the trip. Avoid driving while distracted and keep an eye out for other distracted drivers who may not be paying attention. If you need to send a text or make a phone call, pull over.The Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges hope you have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. If you are in an accident in the Houston area, call us at 855-947-0707. You can also learn more about the firm by visiting us on LinkedIn.