DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Christmas is quickly approaching and AAA expects over 100 million people to travel for the rest of year – a 28 percent increase in car travelers from this time last year.
“We are expecting a heavy traffic presence of different motorists coming through Alabama if they are going to visit with family and friends,” Kendra Mckinney said.
The day before Christmas Eve marks the busiest day for travelers to hit the road heading to their destination.
“Left Tampa this morning and heading up to Birmingham to see our daughter who works at children hospital,” Chris Heath said.
“You look back at the car it’s full of Christmas presents for our kids and grandkids, so we’re going to deliver them presents tomorrow at their houses and we also have a tradition of bringing them Chinese food,” Norm Ham said.
With the roadways flooded, unfortunately, it creates a higher risk for car accidents. Travelers say so far they have been fortunate enough to dodge them.
“No accidents haven’t seen any today most of the traveling has been good on the highways it was congested heading to Orlando and congested leaving the Orlando area,” The Bailey family said.
“People have been driving the speed limit may be a little bit over as usual but nothing unsafe glad I don’t have to go through any big cities,” Ham said. “I spend a lot of time in LA, Boston, and DC so this as easy as it gets”
As roads will become more crowded the closer it gets to Christmas, it’s important to remember the rules of the road so there are no setbacks or tragedies this holiday season.
“Make sure you get plenty of rest getting there 10 mins early is not gonna save your life,” Ham said.
“Just use your signal let us know what lane you’re going to just use your signal,” Heath said.
Make sure you abide by the rules of the road the holiday weekend to reach your destination safely.