With increase of travelers comes risk of accidents

It’s that time of year. Wednesday is traditionally the biggest travel day of the year, as family members take to the roads and the skies to be with their loved ones for Thanksgiving. With increased gas and ticket prices, travel has actually been down in recent years. However, according to AAA, that trend is doing an about-face this year.

It’s estimated that 42.5 million Americans will be traveling over the extended holiday weekend. According to reports, 2.2 million people in Florida are among the number of Americans who will travel 50 miles or more. Nine out of 10 travelers will be on the roads, which means there is heightened risk of car accidents.

The increase in travelers may include those who have stayed put in past years and are willing to spend more money to travel this year. They’re facing increased prices in gas and hotels.

With so many people on the roads in packed cars, it’s as important as ever to remember to drive safely and keep a lookout on the roads for other drivers who may not be doing the same. Experts also say it’s important to check your tire pressure before taking a trip. Having a car stalled on the side of the road can be dangerous.

This may sound like common sense, and it is, but it’s also important to check that gas gauge before heading out. Getting stuck on the side of a highway with no gas can become a major problem. And, make sure those cellphones are fully charged in case an emergency does arise.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, “42.5M people expected to travel for Thanksgiving, AAA says,” Sara K. Clarke, Nov. 18, 2011