An estimated 48.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year, according to AAA. This represents the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.
Driving remains most popular mode of travel – more than 89 percent of holiday travelers will drive during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27.
AAA expects to rescue more than 370,000 motorists this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA offers a mobile app for members in need of roadside assistance.
According to a new Allstate survey, half of all millennials have had a roadside incident within the last year, yet 75 percent have never changed a tire on their current vehicle.
Since the top three roadside incidents for the millennial generation are tire changes, vehicle tows and dead batteries, the service offers an affordable way to handle surprise roadside emergencies.
According to the insurer, the offer isn’t just for policyholders, anyone that experiences a flat tire, dead battery, runs out of fuel or needs a tow can take advantage of it.
“Whether you have roadside coverage or not, the Good Hands Rescue app is available at your fingertips if you find yourself in the middle of a roadside emergency,” said Pam Dufour, Allstate Roadside Services president. “It’s also a great way to give younger drivers and others the convenience that comes with a mobile app.”
The app uses GPS technology to connect drivers with a service provider and offers a service confirmation with the roadside provider’s estimated time of arrival along with route tracking status.
Other roadside assistance apps include Urgent.ly and Honk, both of which charge a fee per service requested.
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