Houston, Texas (PRWEB) December 19, 2011
AAA recently announced that it’s predicting nearly 92 million Americans will set out on road trips over 50 miles to get to year-end holiday destinations this year, a fact that should prompt drivers to show extra caution while on the road, according to Online Auto Insurance.
The tens of millions of people that will be taking to the road between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 is likely to mean increased congestion and heightened chances of getting into an accident. And in addition to the possibility of injury, accidents likely mean those involved will see less affordable options when they go to run they compare car insurance quotes online.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, December and January saw the highest monthly volumes and rates of crashes in 2009.
That year, there were 525,000 crashes in December and 539,000 in January. Those numbers are 14 percent and 18 percent higher than the average for all months that year.
When comparing the monthly rates of accidents per mile driven, December and January also easily surpass the average for all months. According to the data, the rate of accidents per million miles driven was 17 percent above average in December and 29 percent above average in January.
In addition to the increase in traffic volumes, another likely contributor to the high crash rates during the holidays is the dangerous road conditions that are caused by winter weather. Drivers should take the time to make sure that they and their cars are ready for adverse weather conditions before heading out to grandma’s house.
According to AAA, the 91.9 million drivers expected to hit the road for year-end holiday travel represents a 1.4 percent increase from last year.
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