Be ready for congested roadways and more accidents. According to AAA Travel, there’s going to be a near 3 percent increase in the number of travelers over the Labor Day weekend in 2012 compared to the numbers in 2011. Last year, there were 32.1 million travelers over the long holiday weekend. This year, experts are predicting 33 million.
Our Montgomery car accident lawyers wish each of you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. Traffic is expected to be fierce. Be patient and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
For statistical purposes, a Labor Day “traveler” is defined as someone who travels more than 50 miles from their home to their vacation destination. According to NBC 13, the Labor Day holiday weekend runs Thursday the 30th through Monday the 3rd. During this time, drivers are asked to be safe and alert on our roads. More travelers equates to higher risks for accidents.
There may have been a recent hike in gas prices and the economy is still struggling a bit, but that’s not stopping travelers. Since this time last year, gas prices are up nearly 15 cents a gallon. But the last of the trio of summer holidays is expected to be plenty busy.
Auto travelers will be accounting for nearly 90 percent of holiday travelers. That means that more than 28 million Americans are expected to jump behind the wheel and head out for that much-needed time away from work. It’s important to understand the risks that accompany a road trip. You want to make sure that you inspect your vehicle before heading out to help ensure the safety of everyone involved.
“It is an encouraging sign that Americans continue to prioritize travel,” said Bill Sutherland, with AAA Travel Services. “Travel is still within America’s discretionary spending budget.”
According to a recent travel survey, drivers are going to be taking a little longer trip than normal, too. The average distance of this year’s Labor Day trip is just over 625 miles, compared to about 605 miles in 2010.
Travelers are expected to be spending more on their trip this year, too. The median holiday funds are expected to total close to $750, according to Fox Business. That’s up from just $700 in 2011.
Regardless of where you’re going or how much you’re spending, you’re urged to keep safety a number one priority. The streets are going to be congested. Practice your safest driving habits and stay sober behind the wheel to help to keep you and your passengers safe over this long holiday weekend.
We’re especially talking to those who plan on drinking. During this time of the year, drunk driving accidents are common. To help to stop these accidents before they happen, law enforcement officers in the state of Alabama and across the nation will be pushing the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” anti-drunk driving campaign. In 2010, there were more than 150 people killed over the Labor Day weekend. Drunk driving car accidents accounted for about 40 percent of these accidents.
Stay safe and enjoy the weekend responsibly. Happy Labor Day!
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