More than 90 million people will be traveling home for the holidays this weekend and the most popular way to travel is in the car. Getting your vehicle ready to travel is one of the most important ways to keep yourself safe.
"You certainly want to prepare. Check the Internet to see what the weather forecast is in the area that you'll be traveling," said Wayne Northey, the AAA West Virginia Regional Manager. "You may want to leave a little earlier to avoid bad weather, or you may want to allow yourself more time for traffic or the possibility of snow on the roads... Good common sense is what most people would want to practice."
If you do break down the time it takes a towing company to get to you might be longer than usual. They see a huge jump in accidents close to the holidays.
"Times will be backed up they won't be your normal twenty to thirty minute ETA," said Darrell Summers, the owner of Summers Towing and Repairs. "They'll probably be more of an hour to two hour ETA."
If you break down, you might wait longer than usual. This means you always need to make sure your gas tank is full and bring extra blankets and food just in case.
"People just seem to forget about the automobiles and more think about Christmas coming so they don't take care of their automobiles," said Summer. "You have a lot more break downs and especially this year with the winter snow coming in there'll be a lot more people on the road and a lot more people having trouble. There'll be people that aren't used to the winter weather because they haven't driven in it so everyone needs to just slow down."
If you break down and are a AAA member, you can just call the 800-AAA-HELP on your card.
"If you're not a AAA member you may want to call the local authorities, police authorities, to see who they might recommend," said Northey. "If you are familiar with the area or close to the town you may have some idea as to who to call."
Other things to remember are to make sure you don't always count on your GPS, have a backup plan for directions. If your wind shield looks like it has streaks on it it's probably time to change your wiper blades. And finally, slow down.