103 million US drivers expected to hit the roads this holiday

(Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner)

A new report from AAA predicts that 103 million people will be hitting the roads from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2, a new record for holiday travel. This is 1.5 million more people than last year. A spike in consumer spending and a drop in gas prices are to blame, says AAA.

The most common destinations this year are reported to be New York City, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Diego, and Anaheim.

But with the increase in people on the road comes a higher potential for accidents: AT&T recently conducted a study showing that 62 percent of drivers keep their smartphones within easy reach while driving. Seventy percent of drivers use their smartphones while driving—40 percent of whom use it for social media communications. Ten percent apparently use their phones to video chat while they drive.

This holiday AAA expects to assist more than 980,000 motorists on the road. The most common reasons people call AAA at this time of year are dead batteries, flat tires, and being locked out of their cars.

 

Just Posted

The legacy of skateboarder Pablo Ramirez

“Twin Peaks was a place for him to get grounded,” said Loren Michelle, mother of Pablo Ramirez.

BART mulls new gates designed to stop fare evaders

Cost estimates for installation systemwide range from $15 million to $135 million

Delivery companies prompt a human vs robot showdown

Two years after ban and regulations passed, companies awaiting approval of testing permits

Report: Uber and Lyft’s rise tanked wheelchair access to taxis

A new city report details the devastating drop in on-demand rides for the disability community after the rise of Uber and Lyft.

Discovery of human remains at home of missing man upsets Outer Mission neighbors

Police are investigating the disappearance of 73-year-old Benedict Ching

Most Read