AAA: 2014 Holiday traffic will be highest since 2001

Bronx residents planning to travel by vehicle for the holidays definitely won't be alone as they hit the roads. AAA expects holiday travel to reach the highest level since 2001. About 98.6 million

News 12 Staff

Dec 23, 2014, 6:11 PM

Updated 3,462 days ago

Share:

Bronx residents planning to travel by vehicle for the holidays definitely won't be alone as they hit the roads. AAA expects holiday travel to reach the highest level since 2001.
About 98.6 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holidays over the next two weeks. While about 6 percent of those people are expected to fly, nearly 91 percent are expected to travel by vehicle, according to AAA.
AAA expects car travel to be up more than 4 percent this year compared to 2013. Experts attribute the increase to lower gas prices.
With more vehicles on the road, officials want drivers to keep safety at the top of mind, especially with wet conditions in some parts of New York on Wednesday. AAA says it expects to rescue about 1.1 million drivers alone from breakdowns over the holidays. This includes dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts.
To keep safe, officials say drivers should take their vehicles in for a checkup before getting on the road because even simple maintenance, such as replacing windshield wipers, can make a difference.
Mapping routes ahead of time and having a working GPS, whether on a phone or a standalone unit, is also helpful.
Other advice includes giving children whistles to use at bathroom rest stops in case a stranger approaches.
Travelers should keep their cellphones close and charged.
And, of course, experts say avoid leaving during rush hour if you can.


More from News 12
0:20
Fire officials: 9 rescued from sinking boat on Candlewood Lake

Fire officials: 9 rescued from sinking boat on Candlewood Lake

1:11
Mostly sunny Father’s Day ahead of expected heat wave in Connecticut

Mostly sunny Father’s Day ahead of expected heat wave in Connecticut

0:20
Authorities: Infant drowned in Bridgeport

Authorities: Infant drowned in Bridgeport

0:21
Stratford FD extinguishes boat fire on Long Island Sound

Stratford FD extinguishes boat fire on Long Island Sound

0:26
Authorities: New Fairfield man turned off power to apartment, interfered with 'vital' medical equipment

Authorities: New Fairfield man turned off power to apartment, interfered with 'vital' medical equipment

1:23
Stamford holds its 4th annual Juneteenth celebration

Stamford holds its 4th annual Juneteenth celebration

3:41
‘I am different.’ How a Trumbull boy and his mom are changing curious stares into smiles

‘I am different.’ How a Trumbull boy and his mom are changing curious stares into smiles

0:46
Customers revel in Stamford's Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Customers revel in Stamford's Arts & Crafts on Bedford

Is your dad awesome? Connecticut tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Connecticut tell us why your dad rocks!

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

0:13
Officials: Lighting strike causes fire at Bridgeport apartment building

Officials: Lighting strike causes fire at Bridgeport apartment building

2:24
Connecticut prepares for upcoming heat wave next week

Connecticut prepares for upcoming heat wave next week

2:33
SILVER LINING: Swimmer from Darien recalls tragic shark attack in Turks and Caicos

SILVER LINING: Swimmer from Darien recalls tragic shark attack in Turks and Caicos

2:35
Supreme Court bump stock ruling won't impact CT ban

Supreme Court bump stock ruling won't impact CT ban

Alex Jones’ personal assets to be sold to pay $1.5B Sandy Hook debt. Company bankruptcy is dismissed

Alex Jones’ personal assets to be sold to pay $1.5B Sandy Hook debt. Company bankruptcy is dismissed

0:14
Police: Goshen man dies after crashing into a tree in Torrington

Police: Goshen man dies after crashing into a tree in Torrington

0:45
Gov. Lamont announced over 26 million for remediation and development to properties across Connecticut

Gov. Lamont announced over 26 million for remediation and development to properties across Connecticut

0:56
 Free jazz concert for Bridgeport seniors to be held next Thursday

Free jazz concert for Bridgeport seniors to be held next Thursday

3:03
'Truly incredible.' Staples High School club 3D prints prosthetics for people in need

'Truly incredible.' Staples High School club 3D prints prosthetics for people in need

0:22
Police: Over 75 pounds of marijuana found during shooting investigation in Milford

Police: Over 75 pounds of marijuana found during shooting investigation in Milford