News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Thursday, May 24th, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. --Memorial day weekend is almost here and as you look ahead to the holiday you can expect a busy weekend on the road. Lots of people spent the day Thursday at the AAA office finishing up their last minute travel plans.
Diana Elliott and her family are heading out of Augusta for memorial day weekend.
"We are headed to Indiana, never been there before, so I'm expecting fantastic things to do," she said.
Like many others, they're planning to drive.
"We're just gonna have a scenic drive and just enjoy it," she said. "[It's] about nine and a half hours give or take a little bit."
She's not the only one making a long trip.
"Manassas, Virginia," said traveler Alejandro Baez. "I would say about 10 hour drive."
AAA is predicting nearly 31 million travelers will be hitting the road this weekend creating a lot of traffic and the potential for a lot of accidents.
"A lot of things that they can do to help as far as for their own sake is get their car checked out before they go get your oil checked have you're tires checked for pressure because those could cause problems on the road which in turn can cause accidents," said Krispin McGee, a travel manager at the local AAA office.
She says one important thing is to always make sure to keep an eye on the gas Gage so you don't run out.
"Probably don't let it go I would say below a quarter of a tank," said McGee. "Depending on where you are no less than half a tank."
They say nine out of ten people will be driving to their destination and with almost 400,000 more drivers on the road this year than last year being aware is key to your safety.
"Obviously just keep your eye out all around you while you're driving, watch for people coming out of nowhere," said McGee. "Those are some of the main things that we can recommend."
Recommendations that hopefully keep you safe out there this memorial day weekend.
One women said to miss the traffic they are leaving at midnight Friday night so people really will be on he roads all weekend.
Drinking and driving is one of the biggest concerns over holiday weekends. AAA and Budweiser have a program called "Tow to Go" where they will pick you and your car up from public places like a bar or restaurant and take you both home if you've had too much to drink. All you need to do is call AAA and you do not need to be a member to use the service.