New Jersey's Busiest Travel Day Of The Year
NEWARK, N.J. - Your friends and family don’t care how you get there, just get there when you can.
Rob Sinclair of New Jersey AAA says this the busiest travel day of the year but it's also one of the most aggravating.
“Make sure your vehicle is in good shape before you hit the road," Sinclair explained.
"We’re anticipating 368,000 breakdowns for AAA members from Wednesday until Sunday--flat tires, dead batteries, and lockouts are the top items. People have these key fobs and they get locked out of their vehicles. Also, safety is very important. Don’t drink and drive; don’t drug and drive; wear your seat belt; don’t speed. It’s going to be very busy on the roads. There will be a lot of police out there.”
AAA says that nearly 1.4 million New Jersey residents will travel more than 50 miles from their residence this Thanksgiving.
In Addition, more than 1.2 million will actually drive and another 124,000 will fly.
This explains why Newark Liberty international Airport expects to see a record-breaking number of Thanksgiving travelers as the airport anticipates 10,000 more travelers a day than the average, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
TSA screens about 60,000 people a day at the Newark airport. Over the holiday, it expects to screen about 70,000 passengers and crew members.
And of course, there is always NJ Transit, which will once again offer additional buses and trains this holiday weekend to make it even easier for customers. And don’t forget that children up to 11 years of age ride free the entire holiday weekend.
By the way, not only is this the busiest travel day the holiday here in Garden State, but Friday is the busiest shopping day of the year. And NJ Transit wants you to know that they will have extras buses and trains to help facilitate your travels throughout the state.