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Local Vehicle Experts and Law Enforcement Give Holiday Travel Trips

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AAA anticipates around a 3 percent holiday travel volume increase over last year. And travelers in the Four States are expected to face a blast of cold. 

 David at AutoZone is an expert on car parts, which is something he recommends you check before you hit the roads

"check your tires to make sure that they've got good tread. Check their anti-freeze, make sure that they don't have too much water so it doesn't freeze and they need to make sure their wipers are good" he says.

It's also a good idea to have a gallon of de-icing wind shield wiper fluid in your car and an ice scraper/brush, to ensure that you have full visibility around your car.

And maybe even some backup through your insurance.

"A towing package is definitely nice, especially if you can do it through your insurance. That way if you do get stranded you can call a tow truck and they can come pull you out of a ditch" he says.

"You definitely want to get completely off the roadway if you can. It's not as good idea to get out of the vehicle, that's why you want to make sure you have a lot of fuel in your vehicle just in case you need to keep your vehicle running. You call 911 if feel like it's an emergency" says Corporal Quentin Turner from the Pittsburg Police Department.

He also recommends to keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you to give yourself extra time to break on icy roads

AAA's automotive research center says, at 0°, a car's battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and at 32°f it loses 35 percent. During cold temperatures starting an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under normal conditions.

"Stay safe, I mean you want to get to your family and loved ones and you want to celebrate. So just stay safe and leave early." says Corporal Turner.

According to AAA, a winter emergency kit should include a first aid kit, jumper cables, an ice scraper and snow brush. You should also carry:

• Sand, cat litter or traction mats

• Small shovel

• Gloves, hats and blankets

• Flashlights with fresh batteries and warning flares or triangles

• Shop rags or paper towels

• Drinking water and nonperishable snack bars

• Warm clothes

• Basic hand tools

• Chargers for your phone

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