Do your winter holiday plans include travel? Most upstate New Yorkers will at least be hitting the roads for local travels to shop for gifts and ingredients for holiday feasts and desserts, including Christmas cookies to leave out for Santa.
According to projections by AAA, there will be approximately 115.2 million traveling between Dec. 23, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2024. All but 10% of those will be using automobiles to get to their destinations. All the additional motorists on the roads and highways raise the risk of being involved in an accident. Read on to learn more about how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safer this season.
Factor in extra driving time
Whether you’re headed cross-country to visit family or across town to the mall for some last-minute shopping, the extra traffic can often cause substantial delays. Plan ahead to allow for these delays so you aren’t breaking any speeding laws to arrive at your destination or at home.
Be strategic when traveling
If your travel plans have some flexibility, the following are the best times to avoid traffic and head out on the highways:
- Best travel times – Leave before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 23, if you need to leave early. Otherwise, the 24th, 25th, 31st of December and Jan. 1 are traditionally times when there are fewer vehicles on the road
- Worst travel times – December 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. is the peak day and hours when traffic is anticipated to be at its worst. Other times to avoid are the midday hours of the days between Dec. 25 – 31.
While it’s not always possible to avoid driving at those times, you can at least be more conscious of the risks.
More traffic means a higher risk of collisions
If you wind up injured in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, learning more about your options to seek compensation can help you find a path forward.