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Roadside hazards up as more drivers travel for Thanksgiving

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Over the river, through the woods, and over hundreds of miles of potentially dangerous roads to make it to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving. If you're traveling, experts say be prepared for just about anything during the busiest travel season of the year.

"What may have taken you four hours to get to, may now take eight hours," Tracie Lawrence of AAA said.

With almost a sixth of America's population traveling for Thanksgiving, that means tons of traffic on the roads, any weather delays make the roads equally treacherous.

"Cold weather will do in a battery before anything else," said C & G Auto mechanic Barry Abrams. "First cold snap will end a battery."

Experts say wherever you're traveling, there are some important things to keep in your car at all times, like jumper cables, blankets, and food and water just in case you have to pull over and wait for emergency services.

Also, Lawrence says it's important to check with emergency or roadside assistance service providers. Some insurance companies may provide some roadside assistance to their customers, but it could vary state-by-state.

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