During this Thanksgiving weekend, the American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that more than 43 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. People are back on the roads (and in the air) after a near 25% drop in travel during the recession. The Thanksgiving weekend officially covers Wednesday, November 27, through Sunday, December 1. The single busiest travel day is expected to be on Wednesday. Sunday is the most popular return day.
Ninety percent of travelers will be in their cars, and can welcome the lowest gas prices for the holiday since 2010. Prices are expected to drop into December.
Since this is one of the busiest travel times of the year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a safety reminder. The NHTSA cautions drivers to:
- Always wear a seat belt
- Never drive drunk
- Avoid distraction
The NHTSA reports that 60% of the passenger occupants killed in 2012 were not wearing seat belts; 42% of deaths involved a drunk driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 BAC or higher.
The NHTSA also cautions drivers to be especially careful “around large trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur.” Drivers should give large trucks and buses plenty of space. Be mindful of blind spots where you can’t be seen, don’t follow them too closely, and try not to change lanes suddenly.