Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.
AAA Makes Holiday Travel Estimates
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
If you're reading this before stepping into your car tonight, know that you won't be alone. According to the American Automobile Association, 42.2 million Americans are making trips of 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving holiday.
And out of those, 94 percent are traveling by car. That's the largest percentage in the last decade (which may say something about how higher fares, the lower price of gas, and additional screening measures are affecting the airline industry).
Here in the mid-Atlantic region—New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—4.7 million people will be heading out of town.
And it looks like New Yorkers want to head south: AAA New York says three of their top five map requests are for Florida; the other two locations are Washington DC and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
AAA also says the top two reasons they get service calls are for flat tires and dead batteries, so before you turn the key, check your tire pressure and look for battery corrosion—which can look like a white crumbly substance.