Holiday travel is expected to be the highest ever, with commute times triple of what they usually are.
Hours of delays and traffic jams coming to a city near you this holiday season.
According to data released by AAA, nearly 107.3 million Americans are traveling this year for the holidays. The “highest year-end holiday travel volume,” will, more than 97 million people on the roads (an increase of 3 percent compared to last year), and € 6.4 million in the sky (plus 4.1 percent). The 6.4 million is, however, a much lower number than airlines expected. USA Today reported that the airline projected a higher record of 51 million travelers flying during the holiday season.
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The busiest season will strike Dec. 23 – Jan. 1, AAA-reports, but Dec. 20 – 22 expected a huge spike in travel times, Dec. 22 from 3 – 5 pm is the worst, according to the data of transport analytics company INRIX.
“With a record-level travelers hitting the road this holiday, drivers should be prepared for delays in the major metros,” Graham Cookson, chief economist and head of research at Inrix, told the newspaper USA Today. “Our advice to drivers is to avoid the peak hours or consider alternative routes.”
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Although there is no way to travel around for the holidays, there are a number of tips to your mental health. If you’re driving, avoid travelling during rush hours (3:30 – 5:30 pm), try to leave Tuesday if you can, or wait until Friday.
If you’re flying, try to save costs by Lyfting or Ubering to the airport instead of paying to park in the long term — or even better, have a friend drop-off and pick-up. Also, try to avoid getting a car at the airport once you land and an off-site place. AAA reports that the rental costs at the airport have increased by 11 percent compared to last year.
For the future plans of your trip, Moneyish reports that it’s a good idea to try and book the first flight in the morning to avoid delays.