Staying safe as you hit the road for holiday travel

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

HOXIE, AR (KAIT) -More than 40 million people are expected to hit the highway for Thanksgiving!  If you're driving to or out of Region 8 it is likely you will be traveling on slick roads!  When the time comes all of us are ready to jump in the car and start our vacations, but experts say not so fast!  In addition to focusing on where you're going, you also need to focus on getting you and your family there safely!

"It's very dangerous, you know, all I can tell people is watch your speed, watch your driving.  There's going to be a lot of traffic.  There's already a lot of traffic," said Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith.

Smith said he was called to two accidents within just a few minutes of each other.  A one vehicle accident in Hoxie left a truck hood down in a ditch.

"He came across the red lights and lost control of his vehicle and ended up over in the ditch," said Smith.

Having an accident while traveling is a concern many drivers have while they're on the road.

"That's always in the back of your mind.  You try not to think about it too much but it's always in the back of your mind," said Traveler Karen Beaugh.

Beaugh said they haven't seen any accidents and are taking it slow!

"I think people are kind of in a rush and their minds are probably more focused on what they're going to do when they get there.  The traffic is heavier," said Beaugh.

"The earlier you can leave, the better off you are.  If you feel like you're running late, then you're rushing and maybe driving a little too fast," said Captain Lynn Waterworth with the Jonesboro Police Department.

As you are traveling down the road you need to pay extra attention because weather conditions are making it difficult to even see other cars!

"You really have to watch the other driver.   You're paying attention but you've got to watch it all as you go," said Beaugh>

When we travel for the holidays a lot of us go to the same place every year, but if you're not Captain Waterworth suggests you plan ahead!

"Make sure you do your mapping ahead of time.  Have in mind where you're going so you're not endangering yourself by looking for an address or something like that," said Waterworth>

Keep in mind travelers aren't the only people who will be on the roads this weekend.  Shoppers will be out in force as well adding to the traffic congestion, so slow down in the parking lot.

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