Preparing for your holiday road trip

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Millions of drivers are expected to hit the road to enjoy time with family for Thanksgiving. AAA estimates nearly 51 million people will drive at least 50 or more miles away from home. But to safely get to your destination, your car needs to be in working order. 

"You want to make sure all your fluids are set properly, you want to make sure that your antifreeze is full, especially going into the colder climates. You want to make sure its got the proper mixture in it," said Richard Quinn, head mechanic at Wards Corner Shell in Norfolk. 

He says drivers should have good windshield wiper blades and washer fluid that can withstand cold temperatures. It's also important to have good tread and proper inflation for your tires.

"As the weather temperatures drop, the tire pressure is gonna drop with it. So as you move into the colder weather, you need to make sure you re-inflate your tire pressure," he said. 

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Unfortunately, driving isn't always smooth sailing, Quinn says it's important to be prepared if your car breaks down. AAA expects more than 330,000 people will have issues.

"If you're gonna be traveling long distances, make sure you keep some blankets in the car," he said.