North Americans and people throughout the world have massively curtailed their travel since the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020. Now that vaccines are available and general complacency has set in, restrictions have eased in places, holiday travel is expected to increase this Christmas season as people take the vacations they could not last year.
In the USA, there is a forecasted increase of 34% in the number of people who will travel 50 miles or more this holiday season. In Canada, it is likely similar travel increases will occur now that fully-vaccinated people are able to take part in most pre-pandemic services and cross-border travel.
Throughout 2020 and earlier in 2021, truckers enjoyed open highways and lessened congestion due to the restricted travel faced by most people. For many, the experience was a relief and allowed for less stressful drives.
However, truck drivers on the road during the 2021 Christmas season may not experience the same empty roads as people in Canada and the USA visit families and take trips. When travelling through the holidays, allow for the extra time weather and inexperienced vacationers can add to a trip.