AAA Mid-Atlantic is estimating that more than 25,000 Delawareans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays this year, an increase of 3.4 percent over last year. That translates into some crowded highways, increases for the state via tolls and a little bump to service stations, which are getting about $3 a gallon for gas.
And it most likely means more accidents.
We all know about holiday travel. It’s aggravating by nature, and only gets compounded by screaming and excited children in the car, the desire to reach your destination and frustration with nearly every other car on the road. The basic instinct is to drive as fast as possible, get off those darn roads and enjoy your holiday.
The most important thing you can do for both you and your family is to reach where you’re going. Take your time. Slow it down a notch. Get there safely — even if it means taking a little longer to get there. We all want to have as many holiday memories as possible, but it’s always a good idea to prevent those memories from being nightmares.
And if you’re staying home for the holidays, or have already reached your destination, don’t let down your guard while driving around locally. Yes, you’re off the dreaded highways, but local roads come with their own perils, as well.
Holiday parties are always the rage, and they often come loaded with alcohol. While you are most likely a responsible driver, remember that many people are not. People drive drunk over the winter holidays as much as any other time of the year. Police departments know this, and often increase their vigilance during the holidays, but they can’t catch them all.
As we said before, reaching your destination is infinitely more important than reaching it fast. Take your time, be aware of others on the road and take that extra look before turning or driving through an intersection.
We here at the Coastal Point consider ourselves a fortunate group. We all enjoy working with each other on a daily basis, we get to work on a product we all firmly believe in and we get an unmatched opportunity to meet interesting people in this community.
We know we get to do this because of you — our readers and advertisers. Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, and we can’t thank you enough.
We sincerely hope all of you enjoy, or have enjoyed, your holidays this year. You are the best.