Holiday travel

If you plan on driving to your holiday destination, you’ll be joining a record-breaking number. AAA predicts nearly 90 million Americans will hit the road this holiday season. That’s a 4.2% jump from last year.

With that many people traveling, law enforcement officers will be cracking down on traffic stops to keep the roads highways safe.

Over the last five years, there have been 38 deaths on Illinois roadways during the holidays. One couple says they are taking precautions to not become a statistic, frequent stops to fuel their car and make sure their bodies are fueled and well rested.

“We made a stop to eat, so here along the way we’ll make some stops, get out and stretch, but mostly sleep,” said the couple.

With three more hours of congested roads to go, they need all the rest they can get.

Another important reminder, especially if you’re traveling a long distance this Christmas, is to make sure your car is travel ready. That means oil changes, tire rotations, and making sure your windshield wipers are working in case you get in the rain or snow.

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