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How to stay safe when traveling for holidays


Saturday is the official kick off to holiday travel as more than 1.8 million people in Wisconsin are expected to travel this year; that's the busiest in decades!
We're expecting to see a lot of snow over the weekend, so if you're traveling, make sure to allow extra time and get on the roads Saturday instead of Sunday.
Holiday travelers we spoke with say, rain or shine; or even snow up to their knees, won't stop them from spreading some holiday cheer with their loved ones.
'Tis the season for a little holiday travel, and it's going to be a busy one. "This year we're actually expecting to see our highest volumes ever in the 20 years that AAA has been keeping track," said AAA Spokesperson Pam Meon.
In Wisconsin, 1.7 million will be taking to the roads, and mother nature may not be on their side.
"We'll see that big snowstorm on Sunday going to have a lot of impacts here but not just here in Madison, I think that if you're traveling anywhere within a few hundred miles South or East of Madison, there's really going to be a lot of problems," said NBC15 Meteorologist Brian Doogs.
But that's not going to stop some residents and their holiday plans. "I'm from Wisconsin, it comes with the territory. you just learn to deal with it," said Mike Trongeau.
Officials say take it slow, and be prepared for anything. "I've got a hat, my mittens with my fingers, ear guards. I also have a -35 degree sleeping bag in the stowaway," said Mary McAllister. And get your car ready for any road conditions.
"Make sure to check your tires, make sure they're in good driving condition. Same thing with your battery, and your windshield wipers," said Moen. Helping ensure that your holidays aren't spoiled by travel delays. "It's really important that as people head out for the holidays is that they keep safety in mind."


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