AAA: Top 5 Thanksgiving travel tips

aaaAAA projects nearly 49 million people will travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and most, 43.5 million, will head out on a road trip as early as today.

With so many travelers on the road, AAA is providing the top five things you need to know to ensure you and your family reach your destination safely.

  1. Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained.  Tires, fluid levels, belts, hoses, and the car battery should be checked before hitting the open road.  AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Centersare able to provide a courtesy 42-point inspection on your vehicle to ensure your car is road ready (by appointment only). 
  2. Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular travel times (Wednesday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 27th).  If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
  3. Have roadside assistance contact information on hand in case an incident occurs on the road.  Also make sure to keep an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle that includes jumper cables, flares/reflectors, flashlight, water and non-perishable snacks, blanket, first aid kit, shovel, kitty litter/sand or traction mats, extra gloves and a full charged cell phone.
  4. Download the AAA Mobile App to find the best gas prices in your area, request roadside assistance, or map out your route.
  5. Buckle-up!  According to the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for people age 4 and every age 11 through 27 in the U.S.  With 45 to 60 percent effectiveness, seat belts are the single most effective means of reducing the risk of death in a crash and have saved nearly 300,000 lives since 1975 in the U.S. alone.

With a little prep, travelers can leave the road-trip stress at home and enjoy the holiday with family and friends.

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