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Thanksgiving travel, tips from Idaho State Police

Today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, according to AAA. A record 265,000 Idahoans are expected to hit the roads today and tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Idaho State Police says its troopers are prepared for anything.

“During this busy travel day, we’re partnering with the Idaho Transportation Department and our other local law enforcement agencies and we’re out in full force just making sure the commute goes smoothly and that everyone gets from point A to point B in a timely matter,” said Lt. Chris Weadick with the ISP.

And getting there can be pretty easy, but beware of those driving recklessly and try to be mindful as you are behind the wheel as well.

“Our top three crash reasons out here are aggressive driving, inattentive driving and distracted driving. So, we’re asking people to really pay attention to the roadway, to the vehicles around them and especially the travel conditions — they can change very quickly. Drive safe, pay attention,” said Weadick.

Another thing to keep in mind — making sure you’re prepared if something goes wrong.

“Make sure you have an emergency travel kit with you to include jumper cables, extra food, blankets, clothing — you never know when you’re going to get a flat tire or potentially have some type of situation where you need those emergency items. So be prepared, travel safe,” said Weadick.

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