Safe travels this Thanksgiving
More than 1.6 million people in Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 3.5 percent from 2016, according to AAA.
The auto club says that would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan. Nearly 90 percent of those travelers plan to go by personal vehicle.
They will face gas prices in Michigan that are averaging $2.70 per gallon, about 67 cents higher than last year.
At least the weather should cooperate through much of the region, with mostly sunny conditions today and Thanksgiving Day, according to the National Weather Service office in Marquette. Temperatures on Friday will reach the mid-40s, with rain possible in the afternoon.
For those taking to the roads for the holiday, the American Red Cross offers these travel tips:
— Make sure your car is in good condition for a road trip;
— Pack an emergency preparedness kit and supplies in the trunk;
— Share travel plans with a family member or friend;
— Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming;
— Be well rested and alert;
— Buckle up, slow down and don’t drive impaired;
— Follow the rules of the road and use caution in work zones;
— Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones;
— Make frequent stops. For longer trips, rotate drivers. If too tired to drive, stop and get some rest;
— If you have car trouble, pull of the road as far as possible;
— Keep the car’s gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for their area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.