For instance, the American Automobile Association, or AAA, is predicting 102.1 million people across the country will be on the road traveling at some point between December 22 and January 1. This is a 4.4 percent increase over the number of those who traveled for Christmas, or just to enjoy the winter vacation, last year. It is also the most travelers since the AAA started keeping track of this number back in 2001.
Experts are attributing the spike in travel to a strong economy, and that of course is generally a good thing. However, more people on the road well, statistically speaking, increase the likelihood of car accidents. Moreover, experts are predicting that the additional traffic is going to cause congestion.
In some metropolitan areas, trips that would ordinarily take, for example, 15 minutes, could take more than 1 hour simply because of the high volume of traffic. Traffic congestion is annoying, and it can be downright unsafe when an inattentive or distracted driver does not anticipate a sudden slow down.
Drivers in Indiana are therefore particularly urged during this busy travel season to slow down, pay attention and remain calm and patient as everyone tries to get to their holiday destinations safely. This is after all only their legal obligation, and not meeting this obligation could mean that a motorist will owe compensation to accident victims.