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Preparing For Holiday Travels

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This holiday weekend 43 million Americans will be traveling by planes, trains, and automobiles to celebrate with their families.

Wednesday and the Sunday after thanksgiving are traditionally the busiest times for travel.

As drivers get their maps and GPS systems ready, law enforcement agencies remind drivers there is going to be extra traffic on the roads this weekend.

Wednesday passengers were scheduled to board 1,300 flights across the country, but drivers make up the majority of travelers.

In Minnesota from 2010-2012, seven people were killed on the roads during the Thanksgiving travel period. Over 1,500 were arrested for DWI's.

Whether you are traveling across the city, state, or country, these fellow drivers have advice for all.

"I would stay away from driving at night, in the dark, or maybe early mornings." Says Tina Amerman who was gassing up her car. "During the day is probably recommended driving, making sure you have that full tank of gas and oil changed."

"Take breaks here and there, and don't take any chances. There's always time to get there, you know, you've got time to get there and home again." says Curtis Kessler who is headed down towards Minneapolis to visit his children and grandkids.

Safe drivers mean safer roads, leading everyone to a happy holiday.

"Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving, and eat up on the turkey." Kessler says.

To help with holiday travels we found some web sites and apps to use.

Many people already use the free navigation app Waze to help them through traffic. 

To find and track flights live then click here.

Way to Geaux is a cell phone app from the Department of Transportation and Development. It gives traffic alerts, alternate routes and current road conditions.

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