AAA Carolinas Recommended Travel Tips
With heavy traffic expected on the roads this holiday, families should take extra measures to ensure safety on the highway. AAA Carolinas recommends:
* Drivers take a break every two hours or 150 miles. Get out and stretch to reenergize your brain as well as pump blood to your muscles.
* On long trips, switch drivers regularly, preferably with someone who has been sitting in the back seat. Passengers sitting in the front seat with the driver are paying attention to the road as well and can experience just as much fatigue as the driver.
* Add about 15 minutes to every hour the trip typically takes to drive cautiously with the increased traffic
* Get a vehicle checkup before hitting the road. Be sure to check fluids and your tires, especially the spare tire.
* Follow the rules of the road – obey the speed limit, wear seat belts and never drink and drive.
Air travelers should be ready to pay for checked baggage, snacks, preferred seating and even pillows and blankets.
* Arrive at the airport two or more hours before your flight's departure to absorb potential delays due to security.
* Carry a bag on the plane to save baggage check-in costs and possible delays in baggage areas.
* Be sure to have required identification available such as driver's license, state photo identity cards or U.S. passport to go through security lines.
* Any carry-on bags must follow the 3-1-1 rule. Only three ounces or less of liquids or gels can be carried, in a one-quart size zip lock bag in one bag to be carried on the plane.
* Purchase any water, drinks, snacks or food to carry on the plane after passing through airport security, saving money over the cost of food offered for sale on the plane.