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Wishing you safe travels

It's normal to hear those four words before hitting the road for a family getaway or holiday trip. So, before you load up the car this winter to visit loved ones, we have a few suggestions to help make your trip a safe one.

3 Check tires: Make sure to check the tire pressure and tread depth on each tire, including the spare, when the tires are cold. Also look for uneven tire wear as it can indicate alignment, suspension or wheel balance problems.

3 Examine wiper blades: Your wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace them if they leave streaks or miss spots. And don't forget to top off your windshied washer fluid reservoir.

3 Inspect the battery: Make sure battery cable connections are tight and terminals are free from corrosion. If the battery is more than three years old, you might want to have it tested to see how much life it has left.

3Prepare an emergency road kit: The winter emergency kit should include an ice scraper and snow brush; sand, cat litter, or traction mats; a small shovel; gloves, hats and blankets; flashlight with fresh batteries; paper towels; jumper cables; warning flares or triangles; drinking water; non-perishable snacks; extra warm clothes; first-aid kit; basic hand tools; and a mobile phone and car charger with important numbers pre-programmed, including a roadside assistance provider.

3Conduct a vehicle maintenance inspection: Take the opportunity to have your vehicle serviced before a trip, especially is it's almost time for its scheduled maintenance.

Don't let being unprepared put a damper on your trip. We hope everyone traveling for Thanksgiving and the coming holidays arrives safely at their destination.

Happy holidays!

Tips courtesy of AAA.

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