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Safety tips for your holiday travel

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Even with gas prices on the rise this could be the busiest Thanksgiving travel season ever. AAA expects nearly 39 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more. About 80% of those trips will be on the road.

Here are some holiday travel preparations that you should know.  

If you're going to be traveling over the pass or in snowy conditions you want to prepare for problems or pass closures pack flares to put on the road if you break down, a first aid kit, blankets, snacks, and water for if you get stuck somewhere and chains are important to have as well since the weather is constantly changing.

And don't forget your cell phone! Even if you don't have a signal you can always dial 911 and to check road conditions you can dial 511 for real time traffic and weather updates.

Pay attention to the *highway advisory radio* the yellow signs with flashing lights will tell you what station to tune your radio for roadway information.

During the holiday season more people are traveling than any other time of the year so be prepared for traffic backups as well and when packing the car remember to leave access to the spare tire in case you need it.

Happy travels!