AAA: Be Prepared For Holiday Travel With These Tips
12/23/2012 4:29:00 AM
By Karissa Gage
The holidays are a busy time for travel, whether it be by plane, train, or automobile. AAA's Steve Pacer gives us some numbers.
According to AAA, holiday air travel is expected to increase 4.5% to 5.6 million travelers from 5.4 million in 2011. Pacer says flying during the holidays can be hectic, so be prepared.
The average distance traveled by Americans during holiday period is expected to be 760 miles, further than last year when travelers planned to log 726 miles.
Your bank account won't be hurting as much if you head to the gas pump this holiday season. AAA predicts the national average price of gasoline will slowly decrease through the end of the year. Pacer said Hurricane Sandy was to blame for the recent higher gas prices.
And it's a good idea to fill up the tank before heading out. Not only will you be able to drive farther without having to stop and fill up, it's good for your car. Pacer says you should always keep your gas tank more than half-full.
And if you're driving a long distance this holiday season, Pacer says you should always have an emergency kit in your car, that includes the basics like a snow brush and a small shovel. But he says there are some other things that you should put in your car before you head out.
And remember the traffic laws: wear a seatbelt and obey the speed limit... in fact, drive a little slower if there's ice and snow on the road.