November 22, 2013 – Indiana’s Department of Transportation and Indiana’s State Farm Insurance want travelers to prepare for heavy holiday traffic.
As one of the busiest travel times of the year, INDOT says motorists are at a higher risk for crashes. INDOT says Hoosier Helpers will be travelling Indiana’s major roadways to assist in the reduction of traffic congestion and to help motorists who stall on the side of the road.
INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning says, “The Hoosier Helpers will be out in full force to support the many travelers utilizing Indiana’s roadways to see their family and friends over the holidays. The Helpers not only assist in keeping roadways clear and free of congestion, but also provide assistance to motorists who may find themselves broken down. Their service is one that we believe many motorists and families will be thankful for this holiday season.”
Hoosier Helpers are sponsored by State Farm,
providing free assistance to disabled motorists on Interstate highways.
43-million people will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving in the U.S., as this year’s estimate, with approximately 90% of those holiday travelers using the nation’s roadways.
State Farm Vice President-Agency David Champ says that with the heaviest traffic predicted for Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, if possible, Indiana residents are encouraged to plan their travel to avoid these peak traffic times, “From distracted drivers to speedy drivers, State Farm knows there are many risks facing motorists during the high-traffic holiday weekend. During the holiday season and every day, the Hoosier Helper program demonstrates our good neighbor commitment by helping people manage the risks of everyday life and recover from the unexpected.”
The INDOT Hoosier Helper Service Patrol consists of 26 vehicles covering 157 miles of roadway in the state, assisting motorists Monday-Friday from 6 am – 9 pm. The patrol will be available to help keep drivers safe by changing flat tires, fixing minor mechanical problems, and providing fuel, among other services.