More than 40 percent of the people in the Washington region may leave Santa a forwarding address because they plan to skedaddle from town over the holidays, an AAA survey reported.
The annual AAA travel survey ranks with fruitcake as a holiday staple, and it seems reasonable to assume that if 41.5 percent of people go someplace else, then a whole lot of people from someplace else are likely to come here to take their place for a few days.
Nobody knows that for sure — the survey doesn’t provide that information — but the one thing that people here can count on is that traffic will be a mess. It always is, and about 90 percent of the 2.3 million local folks who plan to say “arrivederci” for a few days plan to drive.
“During Christmas and New Year’s we will experience the highest travel volume this decade, especially by the roadways, the railways, and the waterways,” said AAA spokesman John B. Townsend II. “The one exception is the airways, and this year, even that is making a comeback.”