The jingle bells are ringing and Santa’s getting ready to fill his sleigh, which means that the busy holiday travel season is upon us and this year. AAA is forecasting that more than one-third of Americans will be traveling for the season, which is an increase of 4.4 percent over last year. It’s also the biggest increase in travel since AAA has been tracking the statistic back to 2001. Due to the increased number of Americans who will be driving on the roads this year, it is estimated that travel could increase as much as four times as you would see on a normal day!  

The majority of travelers this year will be doing so by vehicle. That means it is expected that most drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion prior to the actual holiday week, not during the week of the holidays. The start of the busy holiday rush will be on Wednesday, December 19, as both regular commuters and holiday travelers mix together on the roadways, but the worst travel day will be on Thursday, December 20. Our tip is that if you are driving to your holiday destination this year, if you can, make sure you leave bright and early or hit the roads following the typical commuting hours.

What’s causing this increase in roadway traffic? It’s the relatively inexpensive gas pricing. I mean, as the holiday season has approached, gas prices have actually dropped down to the cheapest they’ve been this whole year. Combine that with that fact with disposable income has actually increased, well that means more drivers will be hitting the roads to celebrate the season.

So, if you are going to be one of those who driving over the next week, remember to make sure you have the holiday music ready to go, pack your patience, oh and you absolutely want to make sure your car is ready for the drive. That’s where our service department can help! Make sure you get your car in to see us before you hit the roads. Click here to schedule your appointment at Crown Nissan of Greenville today.

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