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Holiday Travel
by Carasue Moody

The holiday season is nearly upon us, bringing with it the annual rituals of spending time with family, catching up with old friends, enjoying home cooked meals and complaining about travel. It is estimated that this year the airlines in the United States will carry 24.6 million passengers during the days surrounding Thanksgiving and a little less during Christmas.

New research compiled by the travel app TripIt sheds light on the most annoying things travelers do in airports and on planes. Perhaps if everyone keeps these in mind, this holiday travel season will go a little smoother for all.

Here are TripIt’s top ten air travel peeves:

1) Travelers being rude to crew or staff.

2) People who don’t discipline their children when they are misbehaving or disturbing other passengers.

3) Someone that crowds your seat and /or hogs the “extra” middle seat.

4) Travelers talking loudly on the plane.

5) People blocking the baggage claim area for others.

6) People that recline their seat into your seating area.

7) People that bring stinky food on the plane.

8) Travelers that hog the carry-on bin.

9) Those that rush off the plane versus waiting for passengers in front to exit.

10) People who block the aisles during a flight.

Of course, not all of us travel by plane, train or bus. Many of us travel by car to our destination. Safety Monday issued an alert with regard to deer collisions. This is a real problem, whether you are on a country road or a major highway. I can attest to this as I hit an eight point buck with my car. The article states that deer are most active, due to their mating season, from October – December. Over 1 million deer collisions occur annually, causing 200 fatalities and $4 billion in vehicle damage.

Deer generally travel in herds. If you see one slow down, there are usually others nearby.

Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

Remember deer are most active between 6pm and 9pm and also in the early morning.

Use high beam headlamps as much as possible to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.

Avoid distracted driving. Being alert can allow you to react quickly.

If a deer collision seems inevitable, hold your course, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Don’t rely on car mounted deer whistles.