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Staying Safe During Holiday Travels: Tips to Beat the Winter Weather

Nearly 86 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the holidays. By car that's nine out of ten drivers. Although many are safe and sound at Christmas Eve destinations by now, some are still getting there.
Nearly 86 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home during the holidays. By car that's nine out of ten drivers. Although many are safe and sound at Christmas Eve destinations by now, some are still getting there.
It’s bitter cold out there and whether you're traveling state to state or just down the road, winter weather is never fun when driving. But holiday travelers say overall, the roads were manageable.
"As long as you drive ok the roads are fine, if you know what you're doing and you drive correctly, that's the whole key isn't it,” says holiday traveler John Maclean.
Maclean is from North Providence, Rhode Island. He made his last stop of his five hour trip at the Fast Trac in Utica, eager to get to his final destination.
"I’m headed to Holland Patent to visit my relatives,” says Maclean.
Others got an earlier start for their Christmas travels. People traveling from across the state say the roads were better than expected.
"They’re pretty good so far, not bad."
"They’re great."
"They’re not as bad as I thought they would be, out closer to Buffalo, Syracuse it was pretty rough but out here it's not that bad,” says Mitchell Roy-Raia who was out traveling Tuesday.
But with every trip comes a return trip. Which means throughout the rest of the week and weekend drivers will be hitting the road again heading home. Triple-A provides a few tips for safe holiday travel.
Hit the road prepared. It sounds so simple, but keep tabs on the weather. Conditions can change quickly, so if it's a long-distance trip, check in periodically using a smartphone app when you stop for food or a restroom. Also, delay or reroute a trip if things look dicey.
Triple-A says drivers should keep at least half a tank of gas in the vehicle. Tires should also be checked for the proper inflation before heading out. Additionally, have an emergency kit with blankets, gloves, hats, food and water.
One more piece of advice, if snow or an ice storm leaves you stranded, stay with the vehicle, don't try to walk for assistance, it's too easy to get lost in the snow and cold.

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