According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, fewer Maryland motorists are expected to travel long distances this Thanksgiving than the number of Marylanders who traveled last year. While AAA estimates that 795,200 Maryland residents will travel no less than 50 miles, this figure is 1.5% lower than the number of travelers during Thanksgiving 2007. This is also reportedly the first time that there has been a drop in the number of people traveling for Thanksgiving since 2002.
Additional AAA figures involving Maryland motorists include:
• Some 650,000 Marylanders will travel by car.
• About 84,000 will ride in planes.
• Travel by bus and train are expected to be more popular modes of transportation this year than in 2007.
Even if the roads are less crowded this holiday weekend than they have been in past, many people are still expected on Maryland and other US roads. This is one reason why it is so important that drivers exercise caution to prevent motor vehicle accidents—especially if there is rain or snow on the roads.
The National Safety Council provides tips for safe driving in winter-like weather:
• Make sure your engine is tuned-up.
• Consider using winter-weight oil.
• Adjust your bakes.
• Check your vehicle’s battery.
• Ensure that your wiper blades are cleaned and working correctly.
• Carry tire chains in your vehicle—just in case.
• Drive slowly—especially in ice or snow.
• Know how to driver your motor vehicle if it skids.
In the event that you or someone you love is seriously injured in a Washington DC or Maryland motor vehicle accident, it is important that you seek legal counsel before trying to work out a deal with the other party’s insurance company.
AAA: Fewer Marylanders plan to travel for Thanksgiving, Baltimore Sun, November 25, 2008
Safe Winter Driving, Syracuse.com/The National Safety Council
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