Record Breaking Number Traveling This Week

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., (December 20, 2017) – AAA forecasts 107.3 million travelers getting to their destination for the holidays by different modes of transportation this week, including the 3 million people coming from Virginia. Many Americans will be traveling by automobile with 2.7 million going on a road trip in the Commonwealth. According to INRIX, one of the busiest times to travel will be tomorrow, December 21st, making it potentially one of the most frustrating days to drive. AAA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth and safe one without incident.

Number of  Virginia Holiday Travelers 

by Mode of Transportation

 

Automobile

  Air

Other

2017

2.7M

165K

131K

2016

2.6M

160K

127K

Growth

2.8%

3.5%

3.3%

  • Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during rush hour traffic typically between 3pm – 6pm. The best times to leave are usually early morning or after the morning commute.

  • Get plenty of rest before setting out on the road and schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to remain alert and avoid driving drowsy.

  • Have roadside assistance contact information on hand, in case an incident occurs on the road.

  • In case of an emergency, keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times. AAA Tidewater and many other companies offer smartphone applications that enable motorists to request help without making a phone call. For members in need of roadside assistance, download the AAA Mobile app, visit AAA.com or call 1-800-AAA-HELP. For added convenience, Waze app users can now request AAA roadside assistance directly from the Waze app by tapping the Report menu. 

  • Because driving requires your full attention, pull off the road if you have to use your cellular phone.

  • In case of an emergency, be prepared by keeping a cell phone and charger with you at all times. Carry an emergency kit with a flashlight, extra batteries, warning devices such as flares or reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water. Before hitting the road, make sure your vehicle is road-trip ready. Stop by a trusted repair shop or AAA Car Care Center, such as one of the more than 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America, for an inspection.

About the AAA travel forecast:
AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS Markit 2017 year-end holiday travel forecast is available here.

About INRIX:
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and transportation analytics. Leveraging big data and the cloud, INRIX delivers comprehensive services and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small.

 

As part of North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA Tidewater Virginia provides its more than 330,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding AAA Tidewater Virginia has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. For more information, visit AAA.com and follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/AAATidewaterVA or Facebook at facebook.com/AAATidewaterVirginia.