More Americans than ever are expected to travel this holiday season. With increased numbers of cars expected to be on the roads just before Christmas Day, drivers have been told to expect heavy traffic and prepare for holiday delays.
In Georgia, more than three million travelers are expected, with 187,000 of them driving. This represents a 3.7 percent increase over the previous year.
AAA has predicted that delays will be marginal during the week but travel times may increase on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Delays in Georgia are expected to be 1.3 times the usual number.
Thursday will be the worst day to travel in Atlanta with peak congestion between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.Nationally, data compiled by AAA shows that 115.6 million people will travel between December 21 and January 1. This is an increase of 3.9 percent over last year.
Vice president of AAA Travel Paula Twidale said unemployment is at historically low levels and household net worth and disposable income are on the increase.
She said travelers should expect crowded highways as they make their way around.
AAA has, therefore, encouraged road users to remain calm to avoid road rage incidents. The association advised against forcing other drivers to hit the brakes or change direction suddenly. Motorists have also been asked to be tolerant and forgiving and not to respond with eye contact or gestures.
Meanwhile, to ease the stress, the Georgia Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that it will begin to suspend construction-related lane closures on busy interstate highways and state routes from 6 a.m. on December 21 to 10 p.m. on December 26.
The lane restrictions will reduce some of the congestion and allow motorists to travel without encountering work zones. Despite these efforts, accidents may still happen. If you get into an accident caused by another driver, contact our Georgia car wreck lawyers.