Record Number of Travellers Hitting the Roads this Thanksgiving Weekend
The hustle & bustle of the holidays have officially arrived, and with Thanksgiving just two days away, most Americans are amped up and excited for a fun-filled four-day weekend chock full of family, food, and football. According to AAA, there will be over 50 million travellers taking the roads this week, an uptick of nearly 3.3% – the highest number in over ten years.
“Thanksgiving kicks off the start of a busy holiday season, and more thankful Americans will travel to spend time with friends and family this year. A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season,” AAA Senior Vice President of Travel and Publishing Bill Sutherland said in a statement to the press.
As stated on aaa.com, the following cities have been deemed the “Top 10 Thanksgiving Destinations” of 2017, with two hailing from our great state of Florida:
- Las Vegas
- Punta Cana
- San Francisco
- Fort Lauderdale
Here are a few travel safety tips to keep in mind if you’re hitting the highway for the holidays:
- Ensure that your vehicle is roadworthy and in good travelling condition. Check your tire pressures, fuel level, and fluids.
- Double-check your travel plans for any road construction, tolls, or other potential driving setbacks/delays.
- Be sure to equip your vehicle with an emergency travel kit, and include things such as:
- Drinking Water & Protein Bars
- Warm Blankets & Extra Warm Clothing
- Batteries & Road Flares
- Jumper Cables & Extra Fluids for the Vehicle
- If you are staying with friends or relatives, be sure to inform them of your departures/arrivals. They will know when to expect you, and in the event of an emergency, how to locate you based on the information you’ve given them.
In 2016, there were more than 10,000 reported accidents in Florida during the Thanksgiving weekend, and the authorities have already begun to brace for this year’s impact. Starting today, the Florida Highway Patrol will have an increased presence on the roadways, taking an “all hands on deck” approach to the Thanksgiving traffic by enlisting the assistance of Auxiliary and Reserve troopers to help them maintain highway safety.
Here at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A., we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and the safest of travels for everyone this holiday weekend!
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James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.