AAA recently published their Thanksgiving travel predictions; they are estimating over 55 million people will be hitting the roads and skies this season. The number of travelers is factored using a trip calculation of 50 miles or more away from home. According to the analysis, “This will be the second-highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking in 2000, trailing only the record set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 million more people will travel compared with last year, a 2.9% increase. The vast majority of holiday travelers will drive to their destinations and, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, expects Wednesday afternoon to be the worst travel period nationally, with trips taking as much at four times longer than normal in major metros.” Although AAA expects the largest increase to take place with drivers on the road it is important to note that their largest air delays will take place in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.
November is here, and that means it is peak deer season. Avid hunters rejoice while motorists take warning now that mornings and evening commutes are bathed in darkness. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Animal-strike-related insurance claims are more than twice as frequent as the yearly average in November, when the search for a mate keeps the big bucks on the move, according to an analysis of claims from 2006 to 2018 conducted by the Highway Loss Data Institute. The severity of claims, measured in dollars insurers pay to cover losses, also soars during the peak month. The average cost of November animal-strike claims over the 13-year period was $3,560, compared with $2,801 for February, the month with the least severe crashes.”
The 3rd quarter of the year ended just a few days ago and trucking companies all over the country are reconciling fuel purchases and miles driven to ensure proper International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) tax filings. If you are not in the trucking business, IFTA is just another acronym to be thrown around, but here is a quick run down so that you can look smart at social gatherings or answer a jeopardy question in the future.
Guttman has created a Brand Ambassador Team consisting of volunteers from each of its many departments. The job of the Brand Ambassador Team is to find opportunities for employee and company engagement in projects like the “Stuff-the-Bus” supply drive. When asked how the Brand Ambassador Team chose this campaign BAT team member, Markee Bittner said, “We chose the “Stuff-the-Bus” supply drive because we wanted to help a local organization provide the best possible chance for success for the next generation of local students.” We would like to take this opportunity to thank our many wonderful employees for their successful participation in this fun community service activity.