'Who are you going to call?' Experts advise preparation before holiday travel  

'Who are you going to call?' Experts advise preparation before holiday travel  

Several cars, and a truck pulling a travel trailer drive on I-35 in Oklahoma City (KOKH Ben Latham).



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A few simple steps can help make sure you and your family reach your holiday destination without any problems.

For starters, you should check the oil and windshield wiper fluid before you head out of town, but AAA said one of their most common calls this time of year is dead batteries in vehicles.

According to Leslie Gamble, a spokesperson for the company, “Your car battery is not something you can look at and know if it’s going to go out or not.”

Before you hit the road, it’s a good idea to have a mechanic check your car’s battery, especially if it’s more than three years old. After that, experts say a quick and safe trip is all about proper planning and preparation.

“If you get stuck by the side of the road, who are you going to call?” Gamble said, “Especially when you are off a distance from your home on travels like this.”

This year, AAA said low gas prices and low rate of unemployment is giving more people the ability to travel this year. Mix that in with the nice weather and you’ve got an expected record number of drivers on the roads. Gamble says AAA is expecting a five percent increase in travel this week.

Even local drivers say they’re ready for a slowdown.

Frances Brockman said, “You know, everybody’s got different families to go visit, you know, in-laws, mothers, fathers, you know.”

Some good news if you plan on leaving Oklahoma, AAA said surrounding states are seeing some of the lowest gas prices in the country.

According to Gamble, “Oklahoma has the third lowest gas prices in the nation, and the surrounding states except for New Mexico and Colorado are all in the top 10.”

AAA advises drivers to travel on Thursday if possible. They say it is expected to be the least traveled day of the weekend.

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