791,000 Coloradans traveling over Thanksgiving weekend

9NEWS @ 5. 11/22/2016

KUSA - AAA estimates 791 thousand Coloradans will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday. 86 percent of those will be driving. 

The busiest travel days are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after.

"It's best to leave as early as you can on Wednesday, if you can get out of work at noon and be on the road by three, you’re going to encounter less traffic, the later you leave, the more traffic you’ll find on the roadway," AAA Colorado spokesperson Wave Dreher said. 

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Dreher says if you’re coming home on Sunday you have a couple of options, you can either leave Sunday morning and beat the traffic, or wait until after dark on Sunday, if you’re close enough to home and it makes sense to you.  

A lot of people will be headed to the mountains. If you’re included in this bunch, make sure your car is ready for winter driving conditions.

Dreher says if you want to be prepared, makes sure you have a cell phone charger, she says a lot of times stranded drivers will call AAA for assistance, and when the agent calls them back, the driver’s phone has died.

It's also important to have a car charger to make sure your phone has enough battery. 

Another good thing to have in your car is an ice scraper. Dreher also suggests making sure your windshield wiper blades are working properly and that you have the right tread on your tires.

While on the top of Thanksgiving travel, AAA Colorado mentioned something we’d never heard of before -- Colorado specific phenomenon called ‘Turkey Lockouts.’ You can learn more about what those are here.

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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