Thanksgiving is just about a week away, and that means travelers will be hitting the roadway. The AAA Auto Club anticipates 1.5 million Ohioans will be traveling next Wednesday and Thursday, a 0.2% increase from last year. The increase in travel will also mean an increase in cars breaking down. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday AAA responded to 7500 roadside assistance calls.
"Lots of people are going to be breaking down, people are going to become stranded, it’s going to be slow going because of the traffic, so you really need to be prepared." explained AAA Spokesperson Kimberly Schwind. "AAA suggests that people actually pack a roadside assistance kit with them"
That kit should include jumper cables, a flashlight, food, water and a blanket. Schwind says it’s also important to do some simple maintenance to prevent breaking down.
"It’s a good idea before your road trip to take your car into your local technician." she said. "Have them check out and inspect your vehicle. Make sure everything is in working order, your battery is in good condition. Check your tire pressure and tread depth, that can help you gain control on the roadways. "
With the increase in travel, AAA also suggests allowing extra time and for your trip.