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Michele Spring Reporting:

(Monday, December 17, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – With the winter holiday quickly approaching, AAA is reminding travelers what it takes to get to your destination safely.

AAA Public Relations Manager Jim Garrity said this year AAA anticipates more than one-third of Americans will travel over the holiday period.

“And we’re seeing a lot of things that are contributing to this, not the least of which being a very strong economy, giving everyone the confidence to spend money on a trip. And also, gasoline prices have been steadily coming down since they hit a high this summer.”

He noted that during holiday peak travel days, most roadside assistance calls are related to dead batteries, flat tires, and lockouts. He recommends having a preventative safety inspection at least a week prior to extended travel.

“Because things like oil changes, fluid checks, checking the air in your tires, checking the battery charge – these things can really go a long way to help keeping you on the road and keeping you from having a road side breakdown.”

Garrity says preparation is key when going on lengthy road trips. He recommends bringing a few items in case you become stranded on the side of the road or stuck in a weather event.

“You want to make sure that you have things like blankets, non-perishable food items, cat litter, which some people think is a joke but really you could use that as traction if you need to put it under your wheels.”

The majority of travelers this holiday weekend will travel by car. Garrity also noted that Thursday, December 20th will have the heaviest amount of traffic.

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