TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — AAA expects more than 43 million Americans to hit the road this holiday weekend; this number would be the second highest travel volume ever recorded.
The increase in drivers on the roads is a cause for concern for many Hoosiers in our area.
“Watching out for what other people are doing and taking my time is what I’ll do,” local man Deron Tyler, who plans to travel this weekend, said. “It’ll be a lot of people on the road and a lot of drunk, impaired drivers also.”
The influx of traffic comes at a time where gas prices are as high as they have been in years. Despite this, some still plan to continue with their travel plans.
“With travel and everything, I think gas prices could be a little lower,” local Anthony Buckley said. “I think everybody’s going to do what they got to do.”
91 percent of holiday travel is expected to be by car, but authorities believe ensuring safety starts before you get behind the wheel.
“Make sure that your vehicle is ready,” Sgt. Matt Ames with the Indiana State Police said. “Make sure you’ve got good tires on your vehicle. Make sure that the driver is prepared to do that whether he or she needs to get a little extra rest so that they can be behind the wheel.”