Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving – the holiday of turkey, shopping, football,  and for many Americans, travel.

The AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, up 0.7 percent from the 43.3 million people who traveled last year.

This is the fourth consecutive year of growing holiday travelers since 2008 when Thanksgiving travel fell by 25 percent. It remains to be seen what impact Hurricane Sandy will have on travel  from the Mid-Atlantic region.

While stories of air travel often dominate the news, in fact the AAA says some 90 percent of travelers, or 39.1 million people plan to travel by car this Thanksgiving.

The Wall Street Journal Driver’s Seat blog has more on this story.

If you’re renting a car for your holiday travel, the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) has tips to make sure you’re properly insured.

Highway safety facts+stats from the I.I.I. also  show  that 50 more people die in traffic crashes during Thanksgiving week than during other weeks of the year, according to a University of Alabama study. Speeding, alcohol, time of day, weather, factors that affect crashes all year, are exaggerated during the holiday.

To all our readers, safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!

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