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Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

Many of us will be traveling to visit loved ones this holiday season. More than 4.25 million Americans are expected to fly this Thanksgiving, and according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), more than 54 million Americans are expected to travel this Thanksgiving holidays, which is the highest number since 2005.

So if you're planning on traveling this Thanksgiving, our friends at the Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas are offering some tips to keep your holiday safe and stress free.

Create a Car Safety Kit

Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous winter weather. Snow and ice lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your own safety kit.

Basics for the kit include a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves

Make Sure Your Car Is Properly Maintained

Breaking down on the side of the road can definitely put a damper on the holiday spirit. If your car is due for a checkup, take it in before making that long haul.

At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires.

Minimize Distractions

According to the National Safety Council, 28% of accidents happen when people are talking on their cell phone or sending text messages. When you’re behind the wheel, don’t text and drive or spend time fumbling with the navigation system.

Schedule Early Morning Flights

If you plan on flying this holiday season, it’s important to remember that flights scheduled early in the morning are less likely to get delayed. Later in the day, chances for cancellations and delays increase.

Other flying tips include looking for nonstop flights and pack light to avoid overweight baggage fees. Pay attention to your airline’s restrictions regarding baggage size and weight. Also, consider a carry on instead.

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