Be Prepared for the Holiday Travel Season


The red and green is all around us, which means that the busy holiday travel season is here. This year, AAA is forecasting that more than one-third of Americans will be traveling for the season, an increase of 4.4 percent over last year. This is the biggest increase in travel since AAA has been tracking the statistic, starting back in 2001. Due to the increased number of those who will be driving this year, it is estimated that travel could increase as much as four times as you would see on a normal day, especially in the busier cities.

Of course, the majority of travelers this year will be doing so by vehicle and it’s expected that most drivers will experience the greatest amount of congestion prior to the actual holiday week, not during the week of the holidays. The start of the busy holiday week will be on Wednesday, December 19, as both regular commuters and holiday travelers mix together on the roadways. Keep in mind thought that the worst travel day will be on Thursday, December 20. We suggest that if you are driving to your holiday destination this year, if you can, make sure you leave bright and early or hit the roads after the daily commute.

Causing this increase in roadway traffic is the relatively inexpensive gas pricing that can be found around the country. And prices just keep getting more reasonable, as gas prices have actually dropped down to the cheapest they’ve been this whole year. Combine that with that fact with disposable income has actually increased, well that means more drivers will be hitting the roads to celebrate the season.

And guess what? Many of these drivers are headed down here to Florida. Matter fact, 3 of the top ten year end travel destinations are in the Sunshine State. (They are Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami).

So, if you are going to be one of those who driving over the next week, remember to have snacks and a good holiday playlist, pack your patience, oh and you absolutely want to make sure your car is ready for the drive. That’s where our service department can help! Make sure you get your vehicle in to see us before traveling. Click here to schedule your appointment at Courtesy Nissan of Tampa today.

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