Experts urge caution ahead of heavy holiday travel

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – With an estimated record 112 million Americans expected to get behind the wheel for Christmas, experts are urging caution on the roads.

The Idaho Transportation Department and AAA has launched a new safety campaign to help motorists travel safely this holiday season. “Idaho Ready,” aims to help drivers understand the best way to navigate roads throughout the Gem State for Christmas.

“The campaign’s purpose is to provide safe driving tips to Idaho motorists across various social media channels, including to those who may have recently relocated to the state,” according to a AAA press release.

Matthew Conde, public affairs director for AAA, said as families and friends hit the road for Christmas, said people can access tips, videos and materials through ITD and AAA’s social media channels using #IdahoReady.

“To reduce the stress associated with holiday travel, do a little extra planning,” Conde said.  “Complete a quick pre-trip vehicle inspection, and look for any leaks, flat tires, or battery issues.  Pack two days before you leave – that way you’ll avoid any last-minute worry about taking everything you need, and you’ll also sleep better the night before you travel.  Finally, please be sure to share holiday cheer and courtesy as you travel, and celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in moderation – impaired driving is a serious issue that can cut a family celebration tragically short.”

Snow is in the forecast for several parts of Idaho.  Drivers can find tips about winter driving can be found at aaa.com/winterprep.