With the coming of the holiday season and considering that gas prices have lowered 23 cents as of last week, US might break the record for holiday travel set in 2007 by Texas.
According to AAA, more than 3.6 million Texans are planning to hit the road this Thanksgiving and Christmas, with only 240 thousand people opting to travel by air during their holidays.
Considering that a lot of states already have a problem when it comes to traffic, add to this the lowered gas prices and you have yourself a very crowded Wednesday when people will start to leave their homes to travel to their relatives for this Thanksgiving Day. The same problem will appear this Sunday as well when all those people will go back to their homes.
It is advised by many that a route should be well planned before attempting to leave by car during this season, taking into account both weather and various road construction areas. Even if you do all this, the likelihood of encountering traffic is still there, unfortunately. Everyone should add approximately an extra hour to their designed travel plan at the least, in order for them to reach their desired place on time or at least without running late an extended period of time.
Some people might even choose to go by air because of this, in order to bypass the intense queuing and the nerve-wracking wait for the driver in front of you to actually move a foot every five or so minutes.
But this problem doesn’t really end here when it comes to traffic. Because of the lowered price, it might seem appealing for some to make small detours along the road, leading to traffic where you least expect it.
True, you may think that this will be a problem for a long period of time, but it most likely will not. People will eventually calm down, and when they do, if you have a day off, you might as well go on a small road trip for a relatively low sum, at least if you are looking at the gas prices.
Up to this point, gas has lowered in price by 23 cents and sources claim that this trend will most likely continue throughout the season due to the increased demand for fuel that comes with Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Even though the news that gas prices have lowered 23 cents is good news, the fact that it brings along with it a lot of traffic might leave people with a sour taste in their mouths.