Over 100 million Americans will be traveling this Christmas, and 90 percent will travel by auto, according to AAA.
Boston, MA- The American Automobile Association expects a record-breaking number of Americans to travel for Christmas. Many will be traveling by plane, but most will be hitting the road and driving to their holiday destinations. In this article, we will discuss travel statistics and how you can avoid a traffic accident this Christmas.
Holiday travel statistics
According to AAA, 103 million Americans to travel during the year-end holiday season begins Friday, December 23 and runs until Monday, January 2, 2017. That’s a 1.5 increase in holiday travelers this year over 2015. Ninety percent of Christmas travelers will by auto in 2016, that’s a 1.4 percent increase over last year.
As for Massachusetts, AAA Northeast says that 2 million people will travel this year, Cape Cod.com reports.
AAA says there will be more drivers this year due to a combination of factors including lower gas prices, higher costs of air travel and an improving economy.
Buckle up to stay safe.
Avoiding a traffic accident this Christmas
If you are traveling by car, you can keep you and your loved ones safe by following a few safety tips:
Inspect your vehicle; be sure to check tires and brake, radiator and windshield wiper fluids
Familiarize yourself with directions before hitting the road
Wear your safety belt
Don’t drive distracted
Don’t speed
Use your turn signal, and
Be hyper aware of other motorists
Drunk drivers increase your risk of dying in a car crash over Christmas two to three times.
Drunk drivers are everywhere
By far, the biggest dangers on the road this Christmas will be drunk drivers. In 2014, drunk driving accidents killed 133 people in Massachusetts, the NHTSA reports.
Sadly, if you are driving anytime over the holiday, you are two to three times more likely to be killed in a drunk driving accident. If you are driving through Boston or another area of Massachusetts, you need to be able to identify the signs of an alcohol-impaired motorist. Here are some of the common ones:
Weaving and lane deviations
Tailgating
Accelerating and decelerating rapidly
Driving the wrong way
Responding to traffic signals slowly
Failing to use a headlight at night
Nearly striking an object, person or vehicle
If you are injured by an impaired driver in Boston, consult with an accident lawyer.
If you come across a drunk driver this Christmas or any other time of the year, there are things you can do to help police take that driver off the road. According to MADD, you should: keep a safe distance from the driver, get the driver’s license plate number, pull over and call police with a thorough description of the vehicle. Do not engage the driver or try to get them to stop otherwise you could cause an accident.
If you are in an unfortunate accident this holiday, let USAttorneys connect you with an accident attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. You can set up a consultation and determine if you are eligible for compensation. If you are, our legal team will protect your interests and recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.

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