AAA Expects Thanksgiving Travel to Increase by One Million Since 2015

two carsThe 2016 Thanksgiving holiday season is projected to be one of the busiest travel periods on record, with the highest number of people traveling since 2007, according to AAA.

During the Thanksgiving holiday period, which is identified as Wednesday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 27, AAA expects there to be an estimated 48.7 million people traveling 50 miles or more.

This marks a 1.9 percent increase, or one million people, more than the recorded number of Thanksgiving travelers in 2015.

AAA expects 43.5 million people, or 89 percent of Thanksgiving travelers, will choose driving as their form of transportation. This may be attributed to an improved economy along with lower gas prices, which is estimated to save U.S. drivers $28 billion, compared to 2015.

With the increase of drivers during the Thanksgiving holiday, AAA estimates that it will rescue more than 370,000 motorists this year for reasons including:

  • Dead batteries
  • Flat tires
  • Lockouts

AAA suggests that drivers take their vehicle in for an inspection, check the status of their vehicle’s batteries and tires, and ensure that they have a proper emergency kit and a spare tire before hitting the road.

Following proper safety procedures during the holiday season should be the main priority of all travelers. The National Safety Council (NSC) expects there to be 437 traffic fatalities during the Thanksgiving holiday period and an estimated 50,300 non-fatal disabling injuries.

If you are injured in a car accident over the holidays, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced car accident attorneys in Sacramento at the Arnold Law Firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of the injured and will provide you with a free consultation to review your claim and determine if you have a case. We charge no fees unless you receive compensation or a favorable outcome.

The staff at the Arnold Law Firm wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.

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